Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.
  4. 75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 75
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Although set in England with a predominantly British cast, Death at a Funeral is no stiff-upper-lipped comedy, but a lean, mean, and often crude, farce.
  11. 75
    The movie maintains its comical, rocky equilibrium as long as the screenwriter, Dean Craig, sticks to domestic disasters and a Monty Python parody of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
  12. 75
    Though it grows silly and sentimental, Funeral scores enough big laughs to make its shortcomings eminently forgivable.
  13. It has the requisite amount of knockabout silliness.
  14. 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.
  15. It goes soft, but even a gelded traditional farce is more potent than most of our slob comedies.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    There’s no dearth of rude humor on screens right now, but Death at a Funeral stands apart because its characters -- mostly reserved upper-middle-class British folk who have gathered to bury a patriarch -- are determined to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    With a circus parade of mourning Brits and enough appalling circumstances to set proper Englishness back to the Dark Ages, Death at a Funeral pits decorum against sex, drugs and dysfunction.
  18. Shows us how funny farce can be -- even with the hokiest of premises -- in the hands of the British.
  19. If your taste runs in this direction, you're bound to be amused.
  20. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    67
    A comedy that's refreshing in its courage to embrace tradition and just have fun.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Death" builds slowly and inexorably to a comic explosion that's just too good -- too insanely, impossibly mortifying -- to spoil here. Let's just say it dwarfs everything that has come before it.
  22. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    The dumbness doesn't kill Death at a Funeral, but it certainly weakens it.
  23. Most British actors are awfully good at underplaying the overwritten, and this group, headed by Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves and Daisy Donovan, is no exception -- where others would mug, they demitasse.
  24. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    60
    A sole potty joke is unnecessarily crass, but for the most part this is joyfully funny.
  25. By the end of Death at a Funeral's effortful farce about busted British propriety, you may feel that peculiar facial ache that comes from wishing to laugh with no really satisfying release.
  26. 50
    The movie is a gentle British ensemble comedy much like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - minus the four weddings and four-fifths of the wit.
  27. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    While trying so hard to have such a good time, the movie simply forgets to be funny, and begins to grate before the body even cools.
  28. Modest in every sense but one: Its cast is huge.
  29. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    Death at a Funeral never even approaches the best of Oz's oeuvre. It's his first movie that begs for the laugh track; they'll love it on BBC America.
  30. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    "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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 11 out of 42
  1. MikeH
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    Get's better and better every time you watch it!
  2. RichardC.
    Oct 12, 2007
    2
    Did these critics see the same film I saw? Are they so disenchanted with American cinema that they will fool themselves into thinking this Did these critics see the same film I saw? Are they so disenchanted with American cinema that they will fool themselves into thinking this crud is "hilarious" and "outrageous"? I was appalled to be sitting in a screening with strangers who were guffawing at this decidedly low-brow humour. I agree with what another user wrote - I am all for Farrelly Bros.-type comedy if it's billed as such - but I can't abide this unquestioning Anglophilia that gives dreck like this a passing grade just because the actors don't sound like us. At times, I thought I was trapped at home on a Saturday night in mid-winter, grazing on those execrable PBS Britcoms that make up-state NY bourgeoisie feel superior to their neighbours. Full Review »
  3. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    It really had to be a British to dare to do a movie about death ... and be successful. Indeed, if most of the recent comedies I have seen justIt really had to be a British to dare to do a movie about death ... and be successful. Indeed, if most of the recent comedies I have seen just made me smile, this one brought me to hilarity. I specifically wanted to congratulate Alan Tudyk, who plays his role with an exquisite humour. He plays a guy that is on drug without meaning to. It could almost be a masterpiece but unfortunately some of the subordinate actors don't bring much to the story ( such as the crazy dredge man ).
    It's a movie that I would particularly recommend to see when you're in a morose mood, this one might cheer you up!
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