• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Frank Oz
    In Theaters:
    Aug 17, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 26, 2008
  • MGM

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Death at a Funeral Reviews

Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Mark Bourne
Film.com
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It's no classic, but it did prompt me to watch those great old Ealing Alec Guinness comedies again.

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 4, 2008
Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
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Scatological grue, nudity, swearing, drug-taking and the chance to watch two grown men wrestle a midget...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

November 1, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Death at a Funeral might have been made in the 1960s, not to be released until well past its stale date.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 12, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Death at a Funeral may be the funniest movie ever set in such a deadly serious setting.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2007

Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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If, like me, you ever thought the supply of British comic talent was unlimited, here's surprisingly convincing evidence to the contrary.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I just found it tiresome and tedious and predictable.

August 20, 2007
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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It's sillier but funnier than Knocked Up, the summer's other notable comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A standard but serviceable vulgar farce.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 20, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 18, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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A refreshingly small, self-contained low-budget comedy in which Dean Craig's clever script is the primary attraction and scene-stealer Peter Dinklage is the biggest star.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 17, 2007
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 17, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Screenwriter Dean Craign exhibits a real feel for the way that a crisis brings out age-old hostilities. Craig uses humor as a cover-up to say something about the way families pull apart as well as together at difficult times.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 17, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It takes a while for Frank Oz's ensemble black comedy Death at a Funeral to hit its deliriously nutty stride. But when it does, the laughs don't stop until the movie, like the subject of its family get-together, has taken its last breath.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Even at a brisk 90 minutes, though, the show begins to feel like a memorial that has dragged on too long. Comedy plus bad timing equals disappointment.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Struggles valiantly to be funny but is mostly dead on arrival.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Death builds slowly and inexorably to a comic explosion that's just too good -- too insanely, impossibly mortifying -- to spoil here.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 17, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Death at a Funeral finds its comedy in the peculiar human trait of being most tempted to laugh when we're absolutely not supposed to.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Death at a Funeral stands apart from other movies with rude humor because its characters are determined to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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'Wrong' is the operative word with Death at a Funeral, which in the first very funny 30 minutes shows its hand and then, unfortunately, continues to wave that hand frantically for the next hour.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 16, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A well-crafted British farce -- albeit one with an American director, Frank Oz, working the controls - this throwback to the haughty high jinks of vintage Ealing comedies begins with an obvious, but effective, gag.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Death at a Funeral is a passable example of the British species of comedy. Directed by Frank Oz, it has the requisite amount of knockabout silliness.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

August 16, 2007
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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An old-fashioned English farce with enough gross-out humor to rival the dumb and dumberest of American movies, but also enough smarts to make your pleasure guilt-free.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Death at a Funeral shows us how funny farce can be -- even with the hokiest of premises -- in the hands of the British.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 16, 2007
John Anderson
Newsday
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Like Altman's Gosford Park, Oz's film is an organism comprising intersecting oddballs...

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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Oz does a decent job of building up to Death's big laughs.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

August 16, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Dying is easy, comedy is hard, as the saying goes. A comedy about dying, especially a British farce, requires a specifically light, deft touch, which director Frank Oz achieves only about half the time in Death at a Funeral.

August 15, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Working with a broad script by Dean Craig, director Frank Oz goes for American-style physicality, marching his players around a country house in which a toilet, alas, plays a big part.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 15, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Death at a Funeral never even approaches the best of Oz's oeuvre.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 14, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Death at a Funeral is flawed, but I'm willing to forgive a lot of flaws when a movie makes me laugh as much as this one.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Death at a Funeral is a dark British farce whose conventionality should not be held against it -- old-fashioned farces are murder to bring off.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 13, 2007
John Anderson
Variety
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The tension in Death at a Funeral is between good manners and good comedy, something [director] Oz exploits throughout. Humor has a decided British accent, given that it's all about making genteel people cringe.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 9, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This topsy-turvy funeral produces a number of smiles, giggles, pleasant guffaws and several solid, sustained laughs. Not a bad batting average as comedies go.

June 9, 2007
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