In the Loop


Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  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: Dana Stevens
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Tremendous fun at times, especially in its vicious power plays and betrayals. But it has no redeeming value beyond entertainment.
  11. 90
    A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.
  12. 88
    In the Loop is certainly the smartest and funniest movie inspired by the Iraq war.
  13. 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.
  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
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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. 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.
  18. 83
    One of those should-I-laugh-or-cry satires.
  19. One of the sharpest satires in years.
  20. Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
  21. Reviewed by: Brad Wilke
    Generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.
  22. 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. It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
  26. The best satire implicates the audience; this stuff keeps our sense of superiority smugly intact.
  27. 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.
  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. 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
    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."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    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. Dec 26, 2015
    well written with excellent performances throughout, this is a must see movie. In particular, Peter Capaldi and Tom Hollander arewell written with excellent performances throughout, this is a must see movie. In particular, Peter Capaldi and Tom Hollander are stand-outs........... Full Review »
  3. Apr 5, 2014
    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 »