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Writer/director Michael Clancy makes his feature film debut with the black comedy Eulogy. Zooey Deschanel plays Kate Collins, an unhappy college student who is made even more unhappy when her grandfather (Rip Torn) dies. Even though the entire family hates each other, they reunite at the home of Grandma Collins (Piper Laurie). Among other family members, Kate observes a war between her washed-up actor dad, Daniel (Hank Azaria); her lesbian Aunt Lucy (Kelly Preston); her wound-up Uncle Skip (Ray Romano); and her strict Aunt Alice (Debra Winger). Tensions escalate and family secrets are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Eulogy is dead on arrival."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Romano's caveman-ish line readings are perfectly pitched."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Clancy's script is better than his direction, with several high points in both dialogue and scene construction. The material is darkly funny but not so dark as to be vicious."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The dysfunctional family that stays together... prays on each other. But that doesn't mean they can't be funny."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Buries more characters and plot lines than it has screen time for, and fails to put to rest many of the questions it raises."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"When a filmmaker is savvy enough to hire Torn to play an eccentric codger, then has him do little more than play dead in a casket, he has a lot of learning to do."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The terrific ensemble cast finds the right deadpan tone to deliver the dysfunction."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Any movie with Ray Romano in it that doesn't make one wish one has a gun to bring down the really big game is doing something right."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"with its half-affecting, half-crass characters and half-funny, half-strained jokes, Eulogy is the very definition of hit and miss"
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
"Neither ditzy enough as comedy nor realistic enough as human drama to live a long life."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"That Eulogy has any laughs is largely a testament to the understated Romano -- he and Deschanel are the only ones in the cast who aren't straining to be funny."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The sort of mordant ensemble comedy that Robert Altman pulled off with A Wedding appears to have been a prototype for this flat, funereal farce."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"O ˇtimo elenco Ú terrivelmente desperdišado por um roteiro absurdamente ruim recheado de piadas pavorosas e uma trama sem o menor foco ou originalidade."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Eulogy is about one half of a really good movie."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"An unfunny black comedy populated by obnoxious characters."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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