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Death at a Funeral Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
March 4, 2008
It's no classic, but it did prompt me to watch those great old Ealing Alec Guinness comedies again.
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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
November 1, 2007
Scatological grue, nudity, swearing, drug-taking and the chance to watch two grown men wrestle a midget...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 12, 2007
Death at a Funeral might have been made in the 1960s, not to be released until well past its stale date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2007
Weighing in at a brisk 90 minutes, the picture does have the advantage of brevity, and on screen no less than off, there's much to be said for a quick send-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Death at a Funeral may be the funniest movie ever set in such a deadly serious setting.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Denver Post
August 25, 2007
No, there aren't a lot of surprise giggles in it. But at this Funeral, the pleasure is in seeing those giggles coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 20, 2007
I just found it tiresome and tedious and predictable.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 20, 2007
It's sillier but funnier than Knocked Up, the summer's other notable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2007
A standard but serviceable vulgar farce.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 18, 2007
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 17, 2007
A refreshingly small, self-contained low-budget comedy in which Dean Craig's clever script is the primary attraction and scene-stealer Peter Dinklage is the biggest star.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 17, 2007
Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 17, 2007
Screenwriter Dean Craign exhibits a real feel for the way that a crisis brings out age-old hostilities. Craig uses humor as a cover-up to say something about the way families pull apart as well as together at difficult times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 17, 2007
It takes a while for Frank Oz's ensemble black comedy Death at a Funeral to hit its deliriously nutty stride. But when it does, the laughs don't stop until the movie, like the subject of its family get-together, has taken its last breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 17, 2007
Even at a brisk 90 minutes, though, the show begins to feel like a memorial that has dragged on too long. Comedy plus bad timing equals disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 17, 2007
Struggles valiantly to be funny but is mostly dead on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 17, 2007
Death builds slowly and inexorably to a comic explosion that's just too good -- too insanely, impossibly mortifying -- to spoil here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2007
Death at a Funeral finds its comedy in the peculiar human trait of being most tempted to laugh when we're absolutely not supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 17, 2007
Death at a Funeral stands apart from other movies with rude humor because its characters are determined to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2007
'Wrong' is the operative word with Death at a Funeral, which in the first very funny 30 minutes shows its hand and then, unfortunately, continues to wave that hand frantically for the next hour.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 16, 2007
A well-crafted British farce -- albeit one with an American director, Frank Oz, working the controls - this throwback to the haughty high jinks of vintage Ealing comedies begins with an obvious, but effective, gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 16, 2007
No, there aren't a lot of surprise giggles in it. But at this Funeral, the pleasure is in seeing those giggles coming.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 16, 2007
Death at a Funeral is a passable example of the British species of comedy. Directed by Frank Oz, it has the requisite amount of knockabout silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2007
An old-fashioned English farce with enough gross-out humor to rival the dumb and dumberest of American movies, but also enough smarts to make your pleasure guilt-free.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 16, 2007
Death at a Funeral shows us how funny farce can be -- even with the hokiest of premises -- in the hands of the British.
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 16, 2007
Like Altman's Gosford Park, Oz's film is an organism comprising intersecting oddballs...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Oz does a decent job of building up to Death's big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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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.
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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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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 14, 2007
Death at a Funeral never even approaches the best of Oz's oeuvre.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 14, 2007
Death at a Funeral is flawed, but I'm willing to forgive a lot of flaws when a movie makes me laugh as much as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 13, 2007
Death at a Funeral is a dark British farce whose conventionality should not be held against it -- old-fashioned farces are murder to bring off.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 9, 2007
The tension in Death at a Funeral is between good manners and good comedy, something [director] Oz exploits throughout. Humor has a decided British accent, given that it's all about making genteel people cringe.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2007
This topsy-turvy funeral produces a number of smiles, giggles, pleasant guffaws and several solid, sustained laughs. Not a bad batting average as comedies go.