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Death at a Funeral Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 16, 2007
Full of tired, sitcom-level gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
August 17, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Alonso Duralde
AfterElton.com
February 12, 2010
Despite a final half hour that's full of laughs, Death takes so long getting its farce gears moving that the audience becomes comatose with anticipation of mirth that is too late in coming.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 20, 2007
I just found it tiresome and tedious and predictable.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 22, 2007
Death at a Funeral has almost no delightful machinations, no consistency of tone, no relatable characters, and worst of all, no funny jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 30, 2007
For farce to work well, the plotting needs to be watertight, whereas here the sheer excess of characters fails entirely to cover up this film's flimsy underpinnings.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 23, 2007
A strained farce in which lots of one-dimensional Brits converge at the memorial service for their family's patriarch and proceed to act like buffoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 20, 2007
If, like me, you ever thought the supply of British comic talent was unlimited, here's surprisingly convincing evidence to the contrary.
| Original Score: 2/4
Karl French
Financial Times
November 2, 2007
A staggeringly inept farce.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 15, 2007
Dying is easy, comedy is hard, as the saying goes. A comedy about dying, especially a British farce, requires a specifically light, deft touch, which director Frank Oz achieves only about half the time in Death at a Funeral.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 16, 2007
Set among the perpetually polite and embarrassed British, the film is at least tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 1, 2007
When people try to make British comedies for American audiences, bad things invariably happen.
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
November 2, 2007
Scientists believe that black holes can slow down the progress of time. A similar effect can be felt by viewers of this damp squib of a farce as it grinds on from one lame set-up to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 2, 2007
You'll wince and fidget and groan, and finally wonder at the nerve of the film-makers who thought they could get away with this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
August 16, 2007
In a successful comedy of manners, the screenwriter and director are supposed to build the carefully lain plot to a frenzied fever pitch. Between Craig's lackluster script and Oz's tepid direction, its gait never gets beyond that of an elderly mallwalker.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 16, 2007
To call this rubbish would be an insult to rubbish.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 10, 2007
This is a comedy that favors mania over wit and requires a high tolerance for sh*&$. It didn't evoke more than the occasional smile from this viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 16, 2007
...this is the type of film where the deceased spills out of his coffin, people are splattered with feces and if one person can accidentally take a hallucinogen, three are funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2007
Feels strained.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2007
Working with a broad script by Dean Craig, director Frank Oz goes for American-style physicality, marching his players around a country house in which a toilet, alas, plays a big part.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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