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In the Loop (2009)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 157 | Rotten: 10

In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 2

In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.



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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm

Jan 12, 2010



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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (157) | Rotten (10) | DVD (9)

It's fantastic stuff, so over-the-top, so scabrous, so bitterly brilliant that you have to assume that, on some level, it rings true.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comments (2)
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Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.

August 21, 2009
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The film, while often very funny, is so relentlessly savage it could destroy whatever shred of respect you may still retain for politicians and that flogged horse called democracy.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The brainchild of British director Armando Iannucci, it takes on the politicians at their own dirty game, daring to fictionally embellish the tawdry facts, to out-spin the spin doctors.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This enormously witty satire follows a British diplomatic staff as they fly to Washington to confer with their U.S. counterparts, who are secretly ginning up an invasion of the Middle East.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is the funniest movie of the summer.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Satire hasn't felt this sharp since BrassEye.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

In the Loop has some of the most colorful language you'll find in any piece of cinema, rivaling movies like Kevin Smith's Clerks. And this is a hilarious thing.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Avoid the latest Apatow/Rogen template trash and give this a go, I promise you will not be disappointed.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

There's only so much wittiness and quips we can watch before we get irritated at the fact that not much actually happens.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The War Room has been replaced by drably decorated offices, insane army generals have been replaced by eerily sensible ones, and the man with the most power is not the POTUS but instead a PR-man with a filthy mouth.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Not since "Three Kings" has war satire felt as gloriously agitated and acerbic. Brimming with "The Office's" British-born briskness, Armando Ianucci's film doles out diabolical wit and depressing truths about corrosive careerism and boomeranging policies.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

Peter Capaldi chews himself great big chunks of scenery in a role some might think over the top, but having worked with tyrants like this in the past, I thought was moderate to restrained.

July 4, 2010

The more faith you have in government, the more uncomfortable In the Loop will make you

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Accessible even for those not interested in politics, In The Loop is easily the funniest film of the year so far, and to boot, one of the most intelligent.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

If you enjoy back-hall political wrangling mixed with British humor, you'll have a heck of a time.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Could the entrance into the Iraq War really have been as petty and misguided as this?

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Who can resist using the nastieth filth in the English language to run a country?

February 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

In the Loop is political satire at its best, leaving you giggling at the one-liners yet feeling complete despair about the political process.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Prepare yourself for an hour and a half of political farce made only funnier by the fact that these ludicrous actions and explanations all feel so terrifyingly plausible.

January 30, 2010 Full Review Source:

In the hands of British comic genius Armando Iannucci, the backroom chicanery of global politics mobilises a full-frontal assault on the funnybone.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Shot in fly-on-the-wall style, In The Loop is as expertly and continuously funny as any comedy in years.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

If you only watch a scene or two on the internet, it's hilarious. Watch it all and it's a little tiresome and unconvincing.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It is funny, and scarily so -- if you can convince yourself that you're not, in fact, watching a documentary.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Rip It Up
Rip It Up

It's strained, flat, laboured, repetitive, self-satisfied, largely unfunny, and has the drab and tacky look of a telemovie. Dr. Strangelove it ain't.

January 19, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comments (5)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's such a shame because here is a film with the potential of being really good if it was decently made.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for In the Loop

With a great cast of both Brits and Americans, and a stalwart approach to satirical humor, director Armando Ianucci delivers a great politically motivated comedy. Delving into the oft-mined political sphere, as of late, "In the Loop" follows the bungling of an interview by Simon Forster (Holland) and the subsequent worldwide chatter between the US and UK. It also speaks on the subterfuge of being a political animal, and the hand holding that goes into bills, policy, and wartime paranoia. Everyone in this is so hilarious, and over-the-top in the best of ways. Peter Capaldi steals the entire show as Malcolm Tucker, a lewd, cussing, inflammatory politician who strives to keep his career while double crossing everyone in the process. His longwinded rants on the state of politics, and his own role in its demise are both funny and sadly close to reality. James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, Steve Coogan, and Mimi Kennedy also give outstanding performances as players in an intrigue filled game, whether they know it or not.
March 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

The Americans fancy another war, so backroom spin doctor Peter Capaldi sets about making sure that his British ministers tow the party line and take it up the ass in the name of our "special relationship". In The Loop is basically a big screen version of British political satire The Thick Of It, but incredibly it manages to keep the essence of the show no doubt at the cost of any semblance of box office receipts. Incredibly dark and witty, Armando Iannucci and Capaldi have managed to create a character that will become the stuff of comedy legend. His foul mouthed tirades against his quaking subordinates are as hilarious as they are excruciating and uses the kind of creative obscenities that we haven't seen the like of since Withnail & I. It also has the blend of political nightmare combined with absurdity that made it feel like the Dr. Strangelove of our times and has the kind of sharp wit and sophisticated dialogue of Thank You For Smoking. James Gandolfini is also the perfect casting choice as the US general who gives as good as he gets and the cast as a whole are pretty much flawless. The fact that the entire story is told in words rather than explosions and car chases means that 90% of its potential audience will no doubt switch off straight away, but anyone with two braincells to rub together simply must see this. The one drawback is that once the credits roll and the laughter dies away, you get the hollowing feeling that this really IS how wars begin. F-star-star-star-ing genius.
October 17, 2013
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Blazingly fast comic zinger of a film connecting everything from a flower wall in London to a blossoming war in Iraq seen from the offices and bedrooms of middle level politicos and desperate wannabes. Hold on ... its a great ride. Exuberant. Warning! Not for gentle ears! Highly advanced and scatological cursing inside!
March 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

For me it was far too wordy and I had difficulty understanding what was actually going on. The characters were really good with good actors and there were some mildly funny parts however it didn't really do much for me. It thought it was funnier than what it was and stuck to international stereotypes of the British and American people; but I guess that was the point.
October 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Simon Foster: It'll be easy peasy lemon squeezy.
    2. Toby: No it won't! It'll be difficult difficult lemon difficult!
    – Submitted by Don D (3 months ago)
    1. Malcolm Tucker: I'm here, I'm there, I'm fucking everywhere. I'm the egg man.
    2. Simon Foster: Have you come to insult me in a different time zone?
    – Submitted by Mike H (13 months ago)
    1. Toby: We called some builders. They didn't turn up when they said they would.
    2. Jamie MacDonald: What did you expect? They're builders! Have you ever seen a film where the hero is a builder? No, no, because they never fucking turn up in the nick of time. Bat-builder? Spider-builder? Huh? That's why you never see a superhero with a hod!
    – Submitted by Mike H (13 months ago)
    1. Jamie MacDonald: All right, that's enough with the fucking Oxbridge pleasantries.
    2. Toby: What's Oxbridge about saying hello?
    3. Jamie MacDonald: Shut it, Love Actually! You want me to hole-punch your face?
    – Submitted by Mike H (13 months ago)
    1. Malcolm Tucker: You're a real boring fuck. I'm sorry, I know you disapprove of cursing so I'll sort it out. You are a boring f star cunt.
    – Submitted by Casey H (14 months ago)
    1. Paul Michaelson: She doesn't have a hose, she's got a watering can.
    – Submitted by Pete H (22 months ago)
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