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  • Summary: With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. With everyone looking out for number one, and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), the hilarious ensemble cast of characters bumbles its way through Machiavellian political dealings, across continents, and toward comic resolutions that are unforeseeable. (IFC Films)
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  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. 91
    In The Loop floats above its chaotic world on wave after wave of beautifully profane dialogue.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    80
    In the Loop is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash.
  7. 50
    By the end of the film, you just want to get away from these people.

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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. EdS
    Aug 18, 2009
    10
    Loved it, and laughed out loud throughout. "Brilliant," as the Brits would say, in the tradition stretching back to Hogarth and Gillray. And, like all great satire, it doesn't stray far from the truth! Only sour note was the miscasting of Gandolfini, but his bit with the talking calculator more than redeems this faux pas. Expand
  3. PaulD
    Feb 22, 2010
    9
    This is some of the best satire in ages. A terrific comedy for anyone who's into politics on either end of the pond. What a great script - there are so many classic lines in here! Expand
  4. HamrikL
    Aug 18, 2009
    8
    I loved this film.So funny with intelligent humour.This is a spin off from the BBC TV series The Thick of it.If you watch that first then you can decide to see the film. Expand
  5. 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, It was simply a very satisfying movie and I'd definitely recommend checking it out. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2012
    5
    If your idea of being entertained, is listening to a 100 minute long saga of people cursing and shouting on eachother, you are better of with the jerry springer boxset. Yes the dialogues are snap, but they loose their edge very quickly because of all the potty-mouthing. And the concept is not very new either as political games and their hypocrisy behind the scenes, were already portrayed in good movies such as wag the dog, which is far more entertaining.

    I feel like i wasted 2 euros on this (bought it cheap), even tough i'm a big fan of Tony Soprano...
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  7. JohnC.
    Aug 22, 2009
    1
    If profanity is the only way to express humor then this movie has it; personally I like a movie with less profanity, more plot, and one that doesn't leave you with the desire that the movie would end soon! Expand

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