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In the Loop Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2009
Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 13, 2009
This is the funniest movie of the summer.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 6, 2009
It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 3, 2009
You feel like a fly on the wall inside of these meetings in the offices and you see how utterly ridiculous everybody is.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 3, 2009
Every movie that clearly tells us how we marched toward the war, through bullying, intimidation, and making opponents seem crazy is worth seeing.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2009
In the Loop is one of the best political comedies since the invention of the sprocket hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 31, 2009
Filled with the sort of pent-up vitriolic humor that Brits specialize in, it's one of those films that keep you laughing even as you realize how awfully close to the truth it likely is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2009
A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 30, 2009
Political satire is a rare bird at the cinema, so fans of the genre should watch and savor Armando Iannucci's In the Loop -- a rapid-fire, profane celebration of the art (and artlessness) of spin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2009
The film plays as if flaming chunks of The Office crash-landed simultaneously onto the sets of Yes, Minister and The West Wing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
July 24, 2009
Blistering satire ... scabrous laughs. And it's so easy to imagine that this really is how governments make earth-shaking decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2009
A very effective, verbally blood-stained portrait of how a little brazen scheming on one side, coupled with selfishness and failure of nerve on the other, can actually change the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 24, 2009
One of the sharpest satires in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 24, 2009
In the Loop is certainly the smartest and funniest movie inspired by the Iraq war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 24, 2009
The jagged rhythms of the movie's dialogue are entertaining in themselves, and it's fun to watch the actors keep their lines spinning and bouncing off each other.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 24, 2009
There isn't an actor in this film, not even a walk on, who isn't perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 24, 2009
In the Loop is a confusingly plotted satire -- plan on being out of the loop -- that starts off at such a frantic pace and at so high a pitch that it really doesn't have anywhere to go.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 24, 2009
The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 24, 2009
While In the Loop is a highly disciplined inquiry into a very serious subject, it is also, line by filthy line, scene by chaotic scene, by far the funniest big-screen satire in recent memory.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 24, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 23, 2009
If you can get past its relentless quality, In the Loop is a blisteringly funny skewering of the venal side of politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 23, 2009
The first successful satire inspired by the Iraq war comes not from the country that started it, but from the sceptered isle that was our most important ally.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
July 23, 2009
Film should do more than television. In the Loop is tremendous fun at times, especially in its vicious power plays and betrayals.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2009
A wonderfully nasty British satire that examines the intricacies of international politics -- and laughs, bitterly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 23, 2009
[It's] that rare film utterly without heroes; instead, it amasses a group of boobs, users, and charlatans on both sides of the Atlantic and asks us to recognize our duly elected and appointed officials. You'll laugh until you bleed, or vice versa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 23, 2009
A mercilessly funny film that, beneath the laughs, chillingly falls on the believable side of how politics really gets done.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
July 23, 2009
This deliriously foul-mouthed political satire is set sometime between 2002 and the day after tomorrow; hard to say, given that the country with which U.S. and U.K. pols want to go to war is unnamed save for its location in, you know, the Middle East.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 22, 2009
Consider the movie an offspring of the great 1980s BBC screwball political comedy series Yes Minister. And consider it a welcome oasis of script literacy in a summer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 21, 2009
Though hilarious, In the Loop is also a horror movie, its lacerating satire constantly reminding us of the all-too-real consequences of distorted, manipulated, and vitiated language.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 20, 2009
A comedy that finally manages to satirize the war successfully.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 20, 2009
By the end of the film, you just want to get away from these people.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 16, 2009
In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 17, 2009
It's a film that is both insanely funny and a desperate cry for sanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6