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Death at a Funeral Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Newark Star-Ledger
December 23, 2014
While it isn't a shot-for-shot replica, certainly no one can accuse Hollywood of dumbing things down here.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 2, 2010
Although it still only just gets away with sundry homophobic and size-ist gags, there's a tad more zing than the original, though if you caught that already, be warned: this is a scene-for-scene retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 26, 2010
I like the cast.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2010
I like this new one mainly because of the cast.
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
April 22, 2010
Rock's interventions can't compensate for excessive fealty to dumb gags.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2010
So much sameness, yet so fewer laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Think of Death at a Funeral as a comic quickie. As it presses buttons, a few laughs come out, but that's all there is to it.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 16, 2010
The stellar cast is wasted on scatological humor, running jokes that are run straight into the ground, and corpse-centered slapstick that's less inspired than "Weekend at Bernie's."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
If for the most part Death at a Funeral is as tame as the tasteful parlor where most of its action takes place, it manages to explode one taboo, in casting mostly black actors in roles originally played by whites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2010
It's because of a superior cast that this version of Death at a Funeral is the rare comedy remake that's funnier than the original, however slightly. Personally, though, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2010
Death at a Funeral does what a good comedy is supposed to do: generate laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2010
LaBute wisely cast comic actors, rather than actors attempting to be comic. Timing and delivery are paramount in comedy, all the more so when the material is as daft as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 16, 2010
You must really love a movie if you decide to remake it just three years after its release. But unless you also intend to improve upon the first attempt, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 16, 2010
Loved the slapstick, winced at the toilet humor, and mourned that the female performers were given so little to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 15, 2010
It's logy, clumsy; instead of lifting the viewer up and carrying him or her on constant currents of escalating comic velocity, it lumbers from bit to bit, and the waits for funny stuff can seem endless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2010
You can get away with almost anything in a farce except failing to be funny, and that's what kills Death at a Funeral.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 15, 2010
The only death at this funeral was that of a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 15, 2010
This is the first comedy from Neil LaBute, an acclaimed director of drama, and he doesn't seem to have the hang of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 15, 2010
A mixed bag, Death at a Funeral has moments of real wit -- and moments when you envy the corpse.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
Completely unnecessary and sloppier than it should be. It's also still funny, partly thanks to smart casting in a few key roles and partly because farce this ironclad cannot be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 15, 2010
Rock acquits himself nicely as the responsible brother and resident straight man, but everyone else in the cast has apparently been advised to mug shamelessly and yell their lines as loudly as possible, especially Tracy Morgan...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 15, 2010
Neil LaBute and an all-star cast surprisingly breathe new life into the material.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2010
An impressive American cast milks its share of laughs out of this slavish remake of a British farce.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 15, 2010
Death at a Funeral is a strained, mirthless remake of a comedy that wasn't terribly funny to begin with.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
Oh, I know a lot of Death at a Funeral is in very bad taste. That's when I laughed the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2010
In filling the cast with funny people, none of whom has to carry the picture, LaBute allows Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover and Marsden to score without trying too hard.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
April 14, 2010
Nude, hallucinogen-fueled jaunts on rooftops, revelations about same-sex relationships -- with a little person, no less -- and individuals covered in feces are all executed with verve by the typically misanthropic Neil LaBute.
| Original Score: 3/5