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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 15 )
  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    "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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The mostly British ensemble can do this stuff in their sleep, but Macfadyen and Donovan and Graves, especially, work up the necessary antic angst and silliness. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is part farce (unplanned entrances and exits), part slapstick (misbehavior of corpses) and part just plain wacky eccentricity. I think the ideal way to see it would be to gather your most dour and disapproving relatives and treat them to a night at the cinema. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Death at a Funeral is lethal farce, combining hints of "The Lavender Hill Mob," doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The film's climax is nothing short of hilarious. And Death at a Funeral doesn't discriminate when it comes to the type of humor it embraces it. Everything is in there, from physical hijinks to verbal repartee to naked man jokes to drugs and gross-out stuff. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    This combination of tightly controlled farce and gross-out comedy works unexpectedly well, until the filmmakers lose their nerve at last and settle for cozy homilies. Still, four-fifths of a rarity is about twice as much as studios deliver nowadays. show more

  • May 22, 2008 ksbagel
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    This is one of the funiest movies we have seen in a long time. It is irreverant, bad language, and absolutely totally enjoyable and hysterical!

  • May 22, 2008 navonaz
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    Definitely one of my absolute favorite movies! Laughed hysterically at the theater and have watched it several times on DVD now and have laughed just as hard. Love it!

  • May 22, 2008 ppaieski
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    This was exactly what I needed...\nGreat movie to take a 19 year old to laugh together with his old mom.... clever and very funny story line.. unexpected

  • May 22, 2008 sas91547
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    Action-packed hilarity is such a rare commodity in the movies of today. There was no pandering just good, clean fun. The British sense of humor cannot be matched here in the USA!Ann Stevens - Cinti, OH

  • May 22, 2008 qualitycinema
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    This British comedy was a scream--perfect ensemble cast---one of thebest comedies last few years! Thoroughly enjoyable and so funny--who couldn't resist laughing out loud!

  • May 22, 2008 urnotmymama
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    It's quite possible that I really wanted this movie to be funnier than it was supposed to be. Therein may lie my disappointment. But I doubt it. I am a fan of British comedy going back to the days of Benny Hill and Monty Python. That being said, this movie, unlike it's aforementioned predecessors, was scarce on laughs. Timing, delivery, and character's responses to the various situations all seemed to be very off in this movie, leaving me with the feeling that the writers and directors of this film were on a very tight deadline. It seems as though it was written more for a play than a big screen movie. A play would probably have been more enjoyable. Although I didn't walk out of the theater on this one, had I rented it, I most assuredly would have brought the DVD back to the store for an exchange.

  • May 22, 2008 babaroofus
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    one of the worst movies i have seen do not waste your money

  • May 22, 2008 cardonacasa
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    I haven't laughed that hard in ages! The comic timing of the actors was brilliant. Would whole heartedly recommend this movie to anyone. I am still laughing!!!

  • May 22, 2008 vonnie55
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    The movie gets funnier and funnier as the characters get deeper and deeper into trouble. Lots of surprise twists and turns to keep you laughing!

  • May 22, 2008 jpollio
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    This movie was really over the top, like old I love Lucy episodes(only English), where she does something that gets her in so much trouble you don't even want to watch, yet, it was just hilarious and heartwarming at once. I would recommend it, but be warned, it could offend your sensibilities if you are too stuffy.

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