Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. Hands down the funniest movie I've seen all year and also the smartest.
  3. The chattering smarty-pants who ran the U.S. government on "The West Wing" are slow talkers compared with the motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite in the brainy British comedy In the Loop.
  4. 91
    In The Loop floats above its chaotic world on wave after wave of beautifully profane dialogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    90
    The performances are explosively funny, from Hollander's increasingly bewildered and way-out-of-his-depth Simon to Chris Addison's hapless PR fledgling. But the star is Peter Capaldi.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    90
    Zooming back and forth between London and D.C., In the Loop hasn't any real plot -- it plays like a rather brilliant Brit-com stretched over 100 minutes, a collection of anecdotes and incidents.
  7. Not to detract from the pleasure of watching the consistently excellent actors, who enhance the dialogue's bite with their body language, but the script of In the Loop is so rich that it could work as a radio play.
  8. 90
    A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.
  9. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    90
    Britain's diplomatic corps may be as clueless and impotent as In the Loop suggests, but British comedians are fully capable of taking over the world.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    90
    Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.
  11. Tremendous fun at times, especially in its vicious power plays and betrayals. But it has no redeeming value beyond entertainment.
  12. 88
    Laugh you will, loud and often. 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.
  13. While director Armando Iannucci's brand of satire -- just plausible enough to be painful -- isn't for all tastes, it's a little bit of heaven to hear screen characters spew such eloquently vicious bile.
  14. 88
    The movie is absolutely hilarious, a satire as brisk and fleet as a farce and as profane as a convention of Tony Montana impersonators.
  15. 88
    In the Loop is certainly the smartest and funniest movie inspired by the Iraq war.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    As a ranking cabinet minister in the brutally funny political satire In the Loop, actor Peter Capaldi unfurls dazzling verbal ribbons of the foulest language imaginable, thunderbolts of vulgarity that carry the force of precision carpet-bombing.
  17. 88
    Dancing along a line just shy of the edge of brilliance, In the Loop possesses an incisive, take-no-prisoners comedic style that offers plenty of solid laughs while making a point about the stupidity, selfishness, and lack of awareness that exists within the highest echelons of government.
  18. 83
    One of those should-I-laugh-or-cry satires.
  19. Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
  20. One of the sharpest satires in years.
  21. Reviewed by: Brad Wilke
    80
    Generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    80
    In the Loop is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash.
  23. 78
    Deliciously bleak, black political satire from British director Armando Iannucci.
  24. A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
  25. The best satire implicates the audience; this stuff keeps our sense of superiority smugly intact.
  26. It's also a British comedy, with that singularly British way of being clever and deliriously juvenile all at once, a combination that makes for scathing, laugh-out-loud, big-screen satire.
  27. It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
  28. 70
    In the Loop is clever and lively, but it isn't sharp or nasty enough to cut very deep; at best it's just a peppery trifle.
  29. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    70
    It’s the hilarious tumble of words--the sly cultural references, astonishingly creative invective, the veritable arias of profanity--that gives the film an unexpected heft.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Drawing upon "Wag the Dog," "Dr. Strangelove" and "This Is Spinal Tap," this sardonic tale is adapted from the critically acclaimed BBC series "The Thick of It."
  31. 50
    By the end of the film, you just want to get away from these people.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    anyone who likes to indulge in the lighter side of politics will LOVE this movie. those giving bad reviews are simply too thick to understand!
  2. Apr 5, 2014
    8
    Went into the movie blind and I gotta say it was pretty enjoyable. A few funny bits here and there, Likable characters as well. Overall, ItWent into the movie blind and I gotta say it was pretty enjoyable. A few funny bits here and there, Likable characters as well. Overall, It was simply a very satisfying movie and I'd definitely recommend checking it out. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2013
    8
    The pace is fast and the approach is uncensored. "In the Loop" conveys a sense of instability and speed. The dialogue comes in cascades ofThe pace is fast and the approach is uncensored. "In the Loop" conveys a sense of instability and speed. The dialogue comes in cascades of exuberant comic language. Characters indulge in frantic and absurd monologues. The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that your going to have to watch the movie twice to start to pick them up. Although concealed beneath the splendor of comedy is a vision of self-serving people, who are self-absorbed and unable to see past their own interests.
    The United States and Britain are rushing to war, in this pointed British satire, and everyone in government, on both sides of the Atlantic, is scrambling for position. Quietly underlying these amusing interactions and laughs is the implication that the Americans are wealthy and entitled, and that the Brit's are merely junior partners.
    The movie follows a litany of characters but mainly centers around Simon (Tom Hollander) as he struggles to maintain his balance. Simon unintentionally refers to war with the Middle East as "unforeseeable", then tries to correct what he has been told is a terrible gaffe. His attempt to smooth things over only makes things worse, when he proclaims that Britain "must be ready to climb the mountain of conflict." Because he is against the war, he comes into contact with American undersecretary (Mimi Kennedy), and a pacifist American general, played by James Gandollfini. At the same time, Simon has to appease his own government's apoplectic communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), whose performance is priceless-boarding on legendary.
    "In the Loop" is uncompromising in its speed and audacity. Even among the moderate characters, there seems to be hardly any awareness of the true cost of war, loss of life, and what this all entails. These functionaries are lost in the fog of government, incapable of seeing past their petty grievances and career concerns. What a terrifying thought that this is possibly closer to reality than we care to think of it. The film is adapted from the critically acclaimed BBC series "The Thick of It."
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