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  • Summary: On the morning of their father's funeral, the family and friends of the deceased each arrive with his or her own roiling anxieties. Son Daniel knows he will have to face his flirty, blow-hard, famous-novelist brother, Robert, who's just flown in from New York, not to mention the promises of a new life he's made to his wife Jane. Meanwhile, Daniel's cousin Martha and her dependable new fiancé Simon are desperate to make a good impression on Martha's uptight father--a plan that literally goes out the window when Simon accidentally ingests a designer drug en rout to the service. Then there's the mysterious guest who threatens to unveil an earth-shattering family secret. As mayhem and unfortunate mishaps ensue on every front, it is up to the two brothers to hide the truth from their family and friends and figure out how to not only bury their dearly beloved, but the secret he's been keeping. (MGM) Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If your taste runs in this direction, you're bound to be amused.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    The dumbness doesn't kill Death at a Funeral, but it certainly weakens it.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 41
  2. Negative: 11 out of 41
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    8
    "Death at a Funeral" es una comedia inteligente, con un buen argumento y buenos personajes.Esta pelicula es una comedia britanica, que tiene carisma y un humor inteligente. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    5
    If the film is so close to the original as to also be pretty much disposable once its over for sharedsorrows.com, at least it as well serves up a healthy amount of laughs during its very brief and brisk run time. Expand

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