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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
    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
    The dumbness doesn't kill Death at a Funeral, but it certainly weakens it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    "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: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 11 out of 42
  1. MikeH
    Oct 3, 2009
    Get's better and better every time you watch it!
  2. DZ
    Oct 4, 2007
    A little British comedy gem. One of the three times I've seen it, someone started choking during the hysterical roof scene. Let that be a lesson to you: eat anything that could choke you before this movie starts. Otherwise there could be a death at Death at a Funeral. Expand
  3. LloydE.
    Sep 13, 2007
    Skillfully written funny story with a hilarious bathroom scene. Definitely better than how the critics rated it.
  4. MinS.
    Nov 9, 2007
    Wow. British black comedy at its best. We loved it. From us its a definitely must see.
  5. PatG.
    Aug 18, 2007
    A few slow spots may mar this movie, but I laughed out loud many a time. I certainly do recommend it to those who enjoy British farces. And I think Alan Tudyk does the most brilliant drug-induced hallucinating I've ever seen. I cannot imagine anyone doing it better. The other actors were all very good. Expand
  6. RichardC.
    Oct 12, 2007
    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. Expand
  7. StevenG.
    Oct 9, 2007
    I would have walked out, but my wife who chose this dog would have had hurt feelings so her pride kept us in the theater. A total waste of time (ours) and talent (a good cast). Expand

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