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Eulogy (2004)

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11

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

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Writer/director Michael Clancy makes his feature film debut with the black comedy Eulogy. Zooey Deschanel plays Kate Collins, an unhappy college student who is made even more unhappy when her grandfather (Rip Torn) dies. Even though the entire family hates each other, they reunite at the home of Grandma Collins (Piper Laurie). Among other family members, Kate observes a war between her washed-up actor dad, Daniel (Hank Azaria); her lesbian Aunt Lucy (Kelly Preston); her wound-up Uncle Skip (Ray

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Michael Clancy

Feb 8, 2005

$41.8k

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (23) | DVD (10)

Eulogy is dead on arrival.

October 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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When a filmmaker is savvy enough to hire Torn to play an eccentric codger, then has him do little more than play dead in a casket, he has a lot of learning to do.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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That Eulogy has any laughs is largely a testament to the understated Romano -- he and Deschanel are the only ones in the cast who aren't straining to be funny.

October 15, 2004
New York Post
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Romano's caveman-ish line readings are perfectly pitched.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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The terrific ensemble cast finds the right deadpan tone to deliver the dysfunction.

October 14, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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The sort of mordant ensemble comedy that Robert Altman pulled off with A Wedding appears to have been a prototype for this flat, funereal farce.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Clancy's script is better than his direction, with several high points in both dialogue and scene construction. The material is darkly funny but not so dark as to be vicious.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Any movie with Ray Romano in it that doesn't make one wish one has a gun to bring down the really big game is doing something right.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

O ˇtimo elenco Ú terrivelmente desperdišado por um roteiro absurdamente ruim recheado de piadas pavorosas e uma trama sem o menor foco ou originalidade.

November 19, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The dysfunctional family that stays together... prays on each other. But that doesn't mean they can't be funny.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

with its half-affecting, half-crass characters and half-funny, half-strained jokes, Eulogy is the very definition of hit and miss

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Eulogy is about one half of a really good movie.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Buries more characters and plot lines than it has screen time for, and fails to put to rest many of the questions it raises.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Neither ditzy enough as comedy nor realistic enough as human drama to live a long life.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An unfunny black comedy populated by obnoxious characters.

October 16, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)
Spirituality and Practice

Winger and Deschanel rise above the constant noise, but the script leaves everyone else sinking six feet under.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Talk about grief.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

What Clancy needs to remember if he is ever given another shot at a feature is that what might work on TV often shrinks on the big screen.

October 15, 2004
Reel.com

[Has] a cast to die for and a bitter poignancy that imparts the sly and frequently mean-spirited wit with genuine feeling...

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Clancy's mild farce is nowhere near as bracingly mean-spirited as he apparently thinks, and the occasional amusing one-liner can't compensate for the broad caricatures and awkwardly structured story.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Eulogy is notable for a couple of gutsy performances in fantastically nasty roles.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Eulogy

A dysfunctional family gathers for the patriarch's funeral.
With the characters' convoluted plotlines, even a trite voice over and an awkward framing narrative can't save this film. By the time I figured out who wanted what, who was related in to whom, and what the histories of all of these relationships were, I realized I didn't care about this people and they didn't care about each other.
I liked Zooey Deschanel's performance; she seemed at home in the awkwardness, realizing that understatement is key to this kind of comedy. Ray Romano's goofy mustache makes it impossible to take him seriously even in his more dramatic scenes.
Overall, this dramedy isn't a waste of time, but it's close.
October 16, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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Eulogy is one bizarre comedy that brings a lot of laughs. When the patriarch of a dysfunctional family passes on, his family gets together in the same house the funeral and all hell breaks loose. With Eulogy you have a wonderful cast that are all funny in their own way. Eulogy is one of the most original comedies to come along in a while. Eulogy has a terrific cast of well known actors such as Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) and Ray Romano (Everybody loves Raymond) Eulogy takes a sad event and makes it funny. Very funny in fact. This is actually one wacked out comedy film, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The cast did a great job and the story was just so much fun, a dysfunctional family are forced to be together to bury their father and grandfather. What could go wrong? well, everything. it's such a hilarious ride that you can't get bored. At times the film is uneven, but considering the cast involved, Eulogy is a terrific comedy that has more highs than lows. The jokes are great and theres plenty of good scenes. One things for sure, the family in the film have a strange way of being bereaved. I really enjoyed the film because it was a different type of comedy, and one that was very refreshing. Every cast member brought something great on screen, and the laughs kept coming one after another. If you haven't seen this comedy, you should. This film is very good and is much better than most mainstream comedies out there.
May 28, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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About 3 ok laughs but overall a complete miss.
November 25, 2007
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