San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.
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Chicago Tribune

Death at a Funeral is lethal farce, combining hints of "The Lavender Hill Mob," doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It takes a while for Frank Oz's ensemble black comedy Death at a Funeral to hit its deliriously nutty stride. But when it does, the laughs don't stop until the movie, like the subject of its family get-together, has taken its last breath.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This topsy-turvy funeral produces a number of smiles, giggles, pleasant guffaws and several solid, sustained laughs. Not a bad batting average as comedies go.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Death" builds slowly and inexorably to a comic explosion that's just too good -- too insanely, impossibly mortifying -- to spoil here. Let's just say it dwarfs everything that has come before it.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
By the end of Death at a Funeral's effortful farce about busted British propriety, you may feel that peculiar facial ache that comes from wishing to laugh with no really satisfying release.
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Wall Street Journal

"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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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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