• 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

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Although it still only just gets away with sundry homophobic and size-ist gags, there's a tad more zing than the original, though if you caught that already, be warned: this is a scene-for-scene retread.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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I like the cast.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

April 26, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I like this new one mainly because of the cast.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

April 26, 2010
Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
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Rock's interventions can't compensate for excessive fealty to dumb gags.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 22, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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So much sameness, yet so fewer laughs.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Think of Death at a Funeral as a comic quickie. As it presses buttons, a few laughs come out, but that's all there is to it.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 16, 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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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If for the most part Death at a Funeral is as tame as the tasteful parlor where most of its action takes place, it manages to explode one taboo, in casting mostly black actors in roles originally played by whites.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's because of a superior cast that this version of Death at a Funeral is the rare comedy remake that's funnier than the original, however slightly. Personally, though, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.

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

April 16, 2010
James Berardinelli
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Death at a Funeral does what a good comedy is supposed to do: generate laughter.

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

April 16, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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LaBute wisely cast comic actors, rather than actors attempting to be comic. Timing and delivery are paramount in comedy, all the more so when the material is as daft as this.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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You must really love a movie if you decide to remake it just three years after its release. But unless you also intend to improve upon the first attempt, what's the point?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Loved the slapstick, winced at the toilet humor, and mourned that the female performers were given so little to do.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2010
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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It's logy, clumsy; instead of lifting the viewer up and carrying him or her on constant currents of escalating comic velocity, it lumbers from bit to bit, and the waits for funny stuff can seem endless.

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

April 15, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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You can get away with almost anything in a farce except failing to be funny, and that's what kills Death at a Funeral.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 15, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The only death at this funeral was that of a good movie.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is the first comedy from Neil LaBute, an acclaimed director of drama, and he doesn't seem to have the hang of it.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A mixed bag, Death at a Funeral has moments of real wit -- and moments when you envy the corpse.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Completely unnecessary and sloppier than it should be. It's also still funny, partly thanks to smart casting in a few key roles and partly because farce this ironclad cannot be denied.

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

April 15, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Rock acquits himself nicely as the responsible brother and resident straight man, but everyone else in the cast has apparently been advised to mug shamelessly and yell their lines as loudly as possible, especially Tracy Morgan...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

April 15, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Neil LaBute and an all-star cast surprisingly breathe new life into the material.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 15, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An impressive American cast milks its share of laughs out of this slavish remake of a British farce.

April 15, 2010
Justin Chang
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Death at a Funeral is a strained, mirthless remake of a comedy that wasn't terribly funny to begin with.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 15, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Oh, I know a lot of Death at a Funeral is in very bad taste. That's when I laughed the most.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 15, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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In filling the cast with funny people, none of whom has to carry the picture, LaBute allows Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover and Marsden to score without trying too hard.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Nude, hallucinogen-fueled jaunts on rooftops, revelations about same-sex relationships -- with a little person, no less -- and individuals covered in feces are all executed with verve by the typically misanthropic Neil LaBute.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2010
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