In the Loop
In the Loop (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Some have found In the Loop shallow for detaching its fevered gamesmanship from actual reasoning or consequences -- but isn't it rather chilling, how easy it is for the loop to form in a vacuum?

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ali Gray

Satire hasn't felt this sharp since BrassEye.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

This is the funniest movie of the summer.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Peter Capaldi makes this film Just as he did in the series! It's very British and I love it! Funny, entertaining and enjoyable!
xGary Xx
The Americans fancy another war, so backroom spin doctor Peter Capaldi sets about making sure that his British ministers tow the party line and take it up the… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A hilarious political satire with a witty dialogue and a deliciously British sense of humor that I imagine is not for everyone - and Peter Capaldi is priceless… More
Kevin M. Williams
Blazingly fast comic zinger of a film connecting everything from a flower wall in London to a blossoming war in Iraq seen from the offices and bedrooms of… More
Spencer S.
With a great cast of both Brits and Americans, and a stalwart approach to satirical humor, director Armando Ianucci delivers a great politically motivated… More
Sophie Burgess
For me it was far too wordy and I had difficulty understanding what was actually going on. The characters were really good with good actors and there were some… More