Eulogy is dead on arrival.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Romano's caveman-ish line readings are perfectly pitched.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The terrific ensemble cast finds the right deadpan tone to deliver the dysfunction.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
All this off-the-wall detachment from reality might be OK if the characters didn't also feel detached from one another.
If Eulogy were a sitcom pilot, it would be dead on arrival.
| Original Score: D-
Do you ever long to recapture that childhood feeling of being trapped in a car with your family three hours after the air conditioner's conked out on a sweltering summer day?