(2009)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
91
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.
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.
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.
88
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.
88
Miami Herald
The movie is absolutely hilarious, a satire as brisk and fleet as a farce and as profane as a convention of Tony Montana impersonators.
80
One of the sharpest satires in years.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
75
A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
70
Wall Street Journal
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.
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."

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