• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Neil LaBute
    In Theaters:
    Apr 16, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 10, 2010
  • Sony Pictures


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Death at a Funeral Reviews

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Jeff Beck

What we end up with here is the most pointless remake since Gus Van Sant made his shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" back in 1998.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 1, 2012
Mike Edwards
What Culture

The only scene in which the audience noticeably reacted to the film's efforts to extract some belly laughs came in the depressingly derivative poo jokes.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 1/5

February 1, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

New comedy is like one long sitcom %u2014 without the laughter

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

April 26, 2010
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

From what is a fairly big name cast, LaBute gets absolutely nothing out of them, and the narrative is similarly choppy and disjointed. Tracy Morgan is the only actor to come out of the film without his career taking a hit.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 1/5

May 26, 2010
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

James Marsden probably thought he could do no wrong after Hairspray and Enchanted. But he's unconvincing as the plot's inadvertent drug-taker who hallucinates his way through the movie. Ain't he the lucky one!

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 1/5

June 3, 2010
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Offers very little new for those who saw the original.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
William Goss

Short's character tries to calm Morgan's by saying, "You're at a 10! I need you at a 2!" If you're looking for the 2 in terms of tone, rent the original. If you're looking for the 10, rent this one.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

April 16, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The comic possibilities of a character mistakenly ingesting a tab of acid and then acting predictably loony at the most inopportune moment are surely limitless, or at least it must have seemed so to the makers of Death of a Funeral.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 15, 2010
Adam Lippe

That Morgan spends the entire second half of the film covered in feces doesn't seem like a commentary on actors wearing blackface (or Brownface) while they shuck and jive, but more like honesty about how he probably felt on the set.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

April 16, 2010
Matt Risley
Sky Movies

With a whole host of America's leading comedy talent on board, it's a decidedly hard job hunting for laughs.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

The biggest surprise is that feeble material from three years ago feels even more farcical in the age of Obama.

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

April 21, 2010

Hard to imagine a reason to see this at the cinema; its natural home is a half-arsed DVD rental accompanied by pizza and the feeling that you owe it to yourself to do better.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 3, 2010
Tim Grierson

A depressingly strained comedy.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

April 15, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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The stellar cast is wasted on scatological humor, running jokes that are run straight into the ground, and corpse-centered slapstick that's less inspired than "Weekend at Bernie's."

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 16, 2010
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Even if Lawrence was selected to play the corpse at the funeral, he'd have found a way of unleashing his sickly gurning and feral facial expressions to kill any nearby gag.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2010
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

If only LaBute had himself been allowed to rewrite the screenplay in his own inimitably mordant style, it might have been so much sharper and leaner

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

June 2, 2010
Kam Williams

What will creatively-bankrupt Hollywood think of next? How about a remake of Slumdog Millionaire, only set in an L.A. barrio with an all-Chicano cast? I shouldn't give them any ideas.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 17, 2010
Kam Williams

What will creatively-bankrupt Hollywood think of next?

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2010
Eric D. Snider

A broad farce like this, with multiple characters and side plots, ought to whiz, not drag.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

April 16, 2010
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

With comedians Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan on board, it's surprising they give the best moments to James Marsden.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 4/10

April 17, 2010
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