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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) goes into a tirade when the press turns Foster's passing comment… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"It's fantastic stuff, so over-the-top, so scabrous, so bitterly brilliant that you have to assume that, on some level, it rings true."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The brainchild of British director Armando Iannucci, it takes on the politicians at their own dirty game, daring to fictionally embellish the tawdry facts, to out-spin the spin doctors."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Satire hasn't felt this sharp since BrassEye."
‑ Ali Gray,
"There's only so much wittiness and quips we can watch before we get irritated at the fact that not much actually happens."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Peter Capaldi chews himself great big chunks of scenery in a role some might think over the top, but having worked with tyrants like this in the past, I thought was moderate to restrained."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"This enormously witty satire follows a British diplomatic staff as they fly to Washington to confer with their U.S. counterparts, who are secretly ginning up an invasion of the Middle East."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In the Loop has some of the most colorful language you'll find in any piece of cinema, rivaling movies like Kevin Smith's Clerks. And this is a hilarious thing."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The War Room has been replaced by drably decorated offices, insane army generals have been replaced by eerily sensible ones, and the man with the most power is not the POTUS but instead a PR-man with a filthy mouth."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The more faith you have in government, the more uncomfortable In the Loop will make you"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The film, while often very funny, is so relentlessly savage it could destroy whatever shred of respect you may still retain for politicians and that flogged horse called democracy."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This is the funniest movie of the summer."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Avoid the latest Apatow/Rogen template trash and give this a go, I promise you will not be disappointed."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Not since "Three Kings" has war satire felt as gloriously agitated and acerbic. Brimming with "The Office's" British-born briskness, Armando Ianucci's film doles out diabolical wit and depressing truths about corrosive careerism and boomeranging policies."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Accessible even for those not interested in politics, In The Loop is easily the funniest film of the year so far, and to boot, one of the most intelligent."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
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