In the Loop

In the Loop

In the Loop

British political satire expanded from Armando Iannucci's critically-lauded BBC TV series The Thick of It. In the Loop features a great comic cast including a Steve Coogan cameo and Peter Capaldi, as the PM's lethally foul-mouthed Director of Comms.

Incompetent British minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), along with his entourage, is sent to Washington after making contradictory comments about possible war in the Middle East. With everyone looking out for number one, and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), politicians and bureaucrats bumbles their way through Machiavellian political dealings and toward comic resolutions that are, er, "unforeseeable".

2009Rating: R13, contains offensive language, sexual references109 minsUK
Comedy
40%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Very clever, VERY funny

100 minutes of fast talking, razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud wit that plays out like the very best British sitcom. Intelligent political satire is rarely so articulate, hilarious and profane all at the same time. Deserves five stars alone for the demented vicious bile spewed so deliciously by Peter Capaldi. Possibly the smartest satire on bureaucracy during...

5.0
0

Loved It,

You need a good british sense of humour to understand it. It's great !!

4.0
0

In the Loop

Time for reality. Loved it, will see again as soon as I find out where it is playing. Never stopped laughing. It is meant for adults not PC types.

5.0
0

Don't insult yourself

An awful bad taste foul mouthed litany of 100 minutes long.

0

Schoolboy Dreadful

Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Walked out after 10 minutes. A continual barrage of foul, extreme but lame very unfunny script language and nothing like inside a political Press office. Is it meant to shock? Horrible characters make you feel sick. Totally unrealistic as no one today would put up with this offensive barrage, viewed or otherwise. The worst...

1.0
0

The difference between comedy and satire is not funny

Obviously polarising audiences from the looks of the previous reviews, which I wish I had read before I went. A friend said it was very funny, so I went along expecting a good laugh. Satire is not comedy and I hardly laughed at all. Very clever but certainly not everyones cup of tea, and a regretted investment of time and money.

2.0
0

Stupefyingly unfunny

The only four letter word missing in this movie is lame. Don't waste your money.

1.0
0

In the Loop

If the star rating was minus 1 that is what I would rate this movie. The language was over the top and not many laughs at all. A film I would NOT recommend.

1.0
0

Totally missable

Just don't go to this dreadful excuse for a comedy; downright inane, depressing and dreadfully scripted. Perhaps all the bad filthy language is meant to make it funny if you don't like it after 10 minutes - just walk out otherwise it will make you sick. It does not improve and there are absolutely no big laughs in this movie.

1.0
0

WARNING - THIS FILM MAY KILL YOU WITH LAUGHTER!

A comical story that will have you in rolling in the aisles - very snappy dialogue and a stellar cast, we thoroughly enjoyed this smart and witty flick

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In The Loop may have worked equally well on TV, but no rib is left untickled in a quickfire satire that depresses as much as it amuses. Gets our vote.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Alastair Campbell didn't like it - meaning you almost certainly will. Peter Bradshaw on the funniest, sharpest film of the year.

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In the Loop is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washington: politically astute, hilarious and terrifyingly real.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In The Loop may have worked equally well on TV, but no rib is left untickled in a quickfire satire that depresses as much as it amuses. Gets our vote.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Alastair Campbell didn't like it - meaning you almost certainly will. Peter Bradshaw on the funniest, sharpest film of the year.

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In the Loop is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washington: politically astute, hilarious and terrifyingly real.

4.0
0

Very clever, VERY funny

100 minutes of fast talking, razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud wit that plays out like the very best British sitcom. Intelligent political satire is rarely so articulate, hilarious and profane all at the same time. Deserves five stars alone for the demented vicious bile spewed so deliciously by Peter Capaldi. Possibly the smartest satire on bureaucracy during...

5.0
0

Loved It,

You need a good british sense of humour to understand it. It's great !!

4.0
0

In the Loop

Time for reality. Loved it, will see again as soon as I find out where it is playing. Never stopped laughing. It is meant for adults not PC types.

5.0
0

Don't insult yourself

An awful bad taste foul mouthed litany of 100 minutes long.

0

Schoolboy Dreadful

Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Walked out after 10 minutes. A continual barrage of foul, extreme but lame very unfunny script language and nothing like inside a political Press office. Is it meant to shock? Horrible characters make you feel sick. Totally unrealistic as no one today would put up with this offensive barrage, viewed or otherwise. The...

1.0
0

The difference between comedy and satire is not funny

Obviously polarising audiences from the looks of the previous reviews, which I wish I had read before I went. A friend said it was very funny, so I went along expecting a good laugh. Satire is not comedy and I hardly laughed at all. Very clever but certainly not everyones cup of tea, and a regretted investment of time and money.

2.0
0

Stupefyingly unfunny

The only four letter word missing in this movie is lame. Don't waste your money.

1.0
0

In the Loop

If the star rating was minus 1 that is what I would rate this movie. The language was over the top and not many laughs at all. A film I would NOT recommend.

1.0
0

Totally missable

Just don't go to this dreadful excuse for a comedy; downright inane, depressing and dreadfully scripted. Perhaps all the bad filthy language is meant to make it funny if you don't like it after 10 minutes - just walk out otherwise it will make you sick. It does not improve and there are absolutely no big laughs in this movie.

1.0
0

WARNING - THIS FILM MAY KILL YOU WITH LAUGHTER!

A comical story that will have you in rolling in the aisles - very snappy dialogue and a stellar cast, we thoroughly enjoyed this smart and witty flick

5.0
0