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Death at a Funeral (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 50

Critics Consensus: Death At A Funeral is a rousing British farce, with enough slapstick silliness to overcome its faults.

71%
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Death At A Funeral is a rousing British farce, with enough slapstick silliness to overcome its faults.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 64,398

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Movie Info

This nutty British comedy observes with jet-black humor the myriad outrageous calamities that befall an eccentric English clan with more than a few skeletons in its closets when its patriarch dies an unexpected death. Soon, every complication imaginable -- including the wrong corpse in the coffin, the accidental consumption of hallucinogenic drugs, and the disclosure of the deceased's closeted homosexuality -- befall the grief-stricken mourners. The funeral commences at the family estate, with … More

Rating:
R (for language and drug content)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dean Craig
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 26, 2008
Box Office:
$8.4M
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Death at a Funeral

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (50) | DVD (10)

It's no classic, but it did prompt me to watch those great old Ealing Alec Guinness comedies again.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

Scatological grue, nudity, swearing, drug-taking and the chance to watch two grown men wrestle a midget...

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Death at a Funeral might have been made in the 1960s, not to be released until well past its stale date.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Weighing in at a brisk 90 minutes, the picture does have the advantage of brevity, and on screen no less than off, there's much to be said for a quick send-off.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Death at a Funeral may be the funniest movie ever set in such a deadly serious setting.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

No, there aren't a lot of surprise giggles in it. But at this Funeral, the pleasure is in seeing those giggles coming.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

Proves you can spell funeral without 'fun.' [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Death at a Funeral never quite hits the farcical heights it's aiming for, but it's still got plenty going for it, thanks to an excellent cast and experienced direction.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
ComingSoon.net

When turned loose on accessible, not altogether-insincere dark-comedy scenarios, Frank Oz understands humor at a molecular level of structure, volume and timing. An impossible last-shot stinger aside, "Death at a Funeral" is farce at its most flawless.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010
Suite101.com

Lazy comedy, and it's only made passable mainly by its manic cast and pace.

Full Review… | July 17, 2010
Window to the Movies

Despite a final half hour that's full of laughs, Death takes so long getting its farce gears moving that the audience becomes comatose with anticipation of mirth that is too late in coming.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
AfterElton.com

...an ingratiating bit of energetic silliness that'll surely delight fans of British comedy...

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Death be not proud, but it sure be funny in this deliciously dark comedy.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Times-Picayune

Who knew the man behind Miss Piggy (literally) did English humor so well?

Full Review… | August 23, 2008

Oz goes back to the well and taps into British humor, which has been so influential over the years for him, going back to The Muppet Show" in the 70s

Full Review… | August 17, 2008
7M Pictures

This Funeral won't leave audiences in a mournful state.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
Washington Times

A fine British cast is wasted on feeble material.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Observer [UK]

Death at a Funeral has a great cast and a suitably chaotic plot but it's never quite as funny as it thinks it is.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
ViewLondon

In the end the knockabout humour totally destroys the glimmers of spiteful sophistication which would have made it much funnier.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
This is London

Take away the Four Weddings and you get this dismal Brit-com.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
thelondonpaper

You'll wince and fidget and groan, and finally wonder at the nerve of the film-makers who thought they could get away with this.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Independent

I hear the script was funny, which is hard to believe: this is grim, misjudged and seems to go on for ever.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Daily Telegraph

A staggeringly inept farce.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Financial Times

Scientists believe that black holes can slow down the progress of time. A similar effect can be felt by viewers of this damp squib of a farce as it grinds on from one lame set-up to the next.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Guardian

As funny as losing a finger.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Death at a Funeral

½

It is a very one-note film, however the well-constructed jokes come one after another. Hilarious and at times charming, Death at a Funeral is ultimately worth seeing, however if only for the laughs. Once it's over, there is little to remember or admire. However, it deserves credit for being a successfully funny comedy. Those are hard to find.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

A very funny movie, really enjoyed the guy who mistaken took acid before the funeral and the movie could have went on and on but it did not it had one of those deadline opps out of money endings and that took away from the enjoyment of what could have been an outstanding film, but all in all I did a lot of laughing. 3 1/2 stars 11-21-12

bbcfloridabound
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Funny funny FUNNY-ASS movie!!! :) I'm just sayin.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Troy: Didn't notice him? He's four fucking feet tall.

"Last rites... and wrongs."

Death at a Funeral is a hilarious British black comedy. Most of the laughs come from how extremely serious the source material really is. That's what makes the black comedy genre one of my favorites. Movies like this know how to make us laugh even when we shouldn't be laughing. This one doesn't quite live up to the best of the genre because it does end up being another comedy of errors film. It's one of those movies where nothing goes right and when you think it can't get any worse; it does.

A family is gathering for a funeral and expect a somber affair. When a "small person" shows up wanting to talk to the son of the deceased, things turn from bad to worse. There's also a man running around after accidentally taking a hallucinogen. There's family qualms going on left and right. A father is mad his daughter is with a guy he doesn't approve of. A brother is jealous of his famous writer brother. A priest just wants to get the hell out of there. A wife wants a down payment on a flat. All this family shit is going on when they should be grieving over lost kin. It all adds up to make a rather funny mixture of obscene, disgusting, and rather gloomy film.

If there's one thing you'll learn from Death at a Funeral, it is that funerals, hallucinogens, and gay midgets don't mix well. A lot of the material is just piling onto an already terrible situation. There's little compassion for the characters, but that just makes it all the more fun. 

I've seen the remake and actually like it more than most. It isn't as good as this one though. Death at a Funeral is a must watch film for the black comedy lovers out there. If you enjoy your comedy to be mean and dark, then this one is for you. It's not perfect, but the movies that populate this genre seldom are. It's just a good, little film. No more, no less.

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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