In the Loop 2009

In the Loop

Critics Consensus

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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During an interview, British Cabinet Minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) delivers an off-the-cuff remark that war in the Middle East is "unforeseeable." Profane political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) tries to cover up Foster's faux pas, but the ill-conceived comment is picked up by a warmongering American official. Foster is invited to Washington, D.C., where a war of words brews as politicians maneuver, manipulate and deceive each other before a U.N. vote on military action.

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Critic Reviews for In the Loop

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (168) | Rotten (11)

  • You probably wouldn't want to spend three hours listening to Alan Partridge's drive-time radio broadcast, but this idiotic DJ delivers a solid 90 minutes of cinematic entertainment.

    October 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    TheWrap
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  • This alleged satire, which received four-star treatment from other critics, left me with a ho-hum and sorry feeling that I had wasted an evening seeing it.

    January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Shot in fly-on-the-wall style, In The Loop is as expertly and continuously funny as any comedy in years.

    January 21, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Loop

  • May 21, 2017
    Peter Capaldi makes this film Just as he did in the series! It's very British and I love it! Funny, entertaining and enjoyable!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2016
    Incredible and hilarious political comedy film. The cast is grand and full of wonderful actors who give everything to the roles. The camera flips around around with a sitcom and fly on the wall approach. The film deserves a wider audience.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2014
    The big-screen companion piece to the brilliant The Thick Of It, In The loop follows the same fuck-up miscommunications of the TV series to international waters, between a supposed soon to happen war. What follows is an f bomb ridden ride that gets absolutly nuts on it's complications, becoming virtually indecipherable and it makes sense belonging on this world of politics, scheming, alliances and whatnot. Consistently funny, this is a great way to get into the TV series, whilst mantaining a very strong individuality of it's own.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2013
    However juvenile it may sound, most of my laughter during "In the Loop" was caused by Peter Capaldi and his profane vocabulary. Granted, the rest of the cast is quite funny and the satire in the script is so sharp and so socially, stingingly relevant that it'll send you reeling back in your chair or whatever else you might be sitting in, but it's Capaldi who really steals the show.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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