Fitfully amusing farce.
An overheated, underdone farce.
Race, which delights in bashing all manner of transportation, hits its silly stride early and never shifts into a higher gear. full review
It's a mad mad mad mad world, all right, and Rat Race makes it seem all the zanier. full review
A comedy like Rat Race works only when viewers can -- or want to -- identify with the underdogs on screen. full review
These people, and the actors who play them, work so very hard that just watching them tires you out.
Rat Race is like being locked in a car trunk for two hours with a marching band playing the collected hits of Spike Jones. full review
Zucker, who's been dabbling in tearjerkers like Ghost for the past decade, is a little rusty.
The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down. full review
Expert comic performers and a broad script that avoids mean-spiritedness create surprising laughs. full review
If you don't think Hollywood movies have gone all soft in the head and heart, compare the sticky sweet ending of this with the finale to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. full review
Take a couple of laughs here, a couple of smirks there, and the conclusion is obvious: If ever there was a movie designed with the fast-forward button in mind, Rat Race is the one. full review
Terminally dumb, noisy and tasteless, Rat Race is the quintessential big-studio August movie, one for the summer season's dumping ground.
The sight gags are too few and far between and the characters, in varying degrees, all seem pale refugees from sitcomland.
There are no winners in Rat Race, only a lineup of comic actors running on empty long before the dust settles. full review