Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Think of Death at a Funeral as a comic quickie. As it presses buttons, a few laughs come out, but that's all there is to it.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The only death at this funeral was that of a good movie.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
If for the most part Death at a Funeral is as tame as the tasteful parlor where most of its action takes place, it manages to explode one taboo, in casting mostly black actors in roles originally played by whites.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Completely unnecessary and sloppier than it should be. It's also still funny, partly thanks to smart casting in a few key roles and partly because farce this ironclad cannot be denied.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
You must really love a movie if you decide to remake it just three years after its release. But unless you also intend to improve upon the first attempt, what's the point?
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It's logy, clumsy; instead of lifting the viewer up and carrying him or her on constant currents of escalating comic velocity, it lumbers from bit to bit, and the waits for funny stuff can seem endless.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Oh, I know a lot of Death at a Funeral is in very bad taste. That's when I laughed the most.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I like this new one mainly because of the cast.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Loved the slapstick, winced at the toilet humor, and mourned that the female performers were given so little to do.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
This is the first comedy from Neil LaBute, an acclaimed director of drama, and he doesn't seem to have the hang of it.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Death at a Funeral is a strained, mirthless remake of a comedy that wasn't terribly funny to begin with.
Justin Chang - Variety
It's because of a superior cast that this version of Death at a Funeral is the rare comedy remake that's funnier than the original, however slightly. Personally, though, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
In filling the cast with funny people, none of whom has to carry the picture, LaBute allows Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover and Marsden to score without trying too hard.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
LaBute wisely cast comic actors, rather than actors attempting to be comic. Timing and delivery are paramount in comedy, all the more so when the material is as daft as this.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
So much sameness, yet so fewer laughs.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Death at a Funeral does what a good comedy is supposed to do: generate laughter.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An impressive American cast milks its share of laughs out of this slavish remake of a British farce.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Neil LaBute and an all-star cast surprisingly breathe new life into the material.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The stellar cast is wasted on scatological humor, running jokes that are run straight into the ground, and corpse-centered slapstick that's less inspired than "Weekend at Bernie's."
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
While it isn't a shot-for-shot replica, certainly no one can accuse Hollywood of dumbing things down here.
Martin Tsai - Newark Star-Ledger
What we end up with here is the most pointless remake since Gus Van Sant made his shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" back in 1998.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A funny film, but it's not one that I found myself growing passionate about as I watched.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
If the film is so close to the original as to also be pretty much disposable once its over, at least it as well serves up a healthy amount of laughs during its very brief and brisk run time.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Dave White - Movies.com
The only scene in which the audience noticeably reacted to the film's efforts to extract some belly laughs came in the depressingly derivative poo jokes.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
...a perfectly watchable piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's almost a checklist of things I don't like, but it won me over in its opening minutes and never let go.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The component that stayed mostly the same is the writing, which is bad news to me, since my main beef with the original movie was exactly that.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
What will creatively-bankrupt Hollywood think of next?
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Cinema.com: Post-mortem grossout, bawdy bereavement, laugh-out-lewd feces fun and games, and a little gay dwarf tossing as a served up side order of midget mockery. Not a movie to die for."
Prairie Miller - WBAI Radio
The British film wasn't much better. But, beleive me, it was easier to watch than this loud mess.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
LaBute and his cast seem to be revelling in the opportunity to indulge in the kind of lazy farce so beloved of unambitious British cinema.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Avoid at all costs.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Depends very heavily on the worryingly unfunny idea of accidentally consuming hallucinogenic drugs, though I have to admit there are a few crassly funny moments...
An undistinguished remake of a crude black comedy.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Overall, it's better than the original -- although that's not saying much.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
There's no change to the plot or the thinly sketchy characters. It's a thoroughly pointless exercise.
- Liverpool Echo
What this movie really has going for it is a great cast who manage to make some obvious comedy situations genuinely amusing.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
This is a marginal improvement on the mangy 2007 British farce it's derived from, but it's still stuck with Dean Craig's irredeemably crass script, an anchor of unfunniness (and blatant homophobia) tied around its legs.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
James Marsden probably thought he could do no wrong after Hairspray and Enchanted. But he's unconvincing as the plot's inadvertent drug-taker who hallucinates his way through the movie. Ain't he the lucky one!
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Even if Lawrence was selected to play the corpse at the funeral, he'd have found a way of unleashing his sickly gurning and feral facial expressions to kill any nearby gag.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Even if you've seen it all before, chances are it's been a while since you've seen it done this well. And if you saw the 2007 version, you've seen it done a lot worse.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Hard to imagine a reason to see this at the cinema; its natural home is a half-arsed DVD rental accompanied by pizza and the feeling that you owe it to yourself to do better.
Catherine Bray - Film4
With a whole host of America's leading comedy talent on board, it's a decidedly hard job hunting for laughs.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Remarkably, the US remake succeeds where the UK original failed, smoothing out the rough edges and mining the material for better laughs, though it's still not quite as funny as it should have been.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Although it still only just gets away with sundry homophobic and size-ist gags, there's a tad more zing than the original, though if you caught that already, be warned: this is a scene-for-scene retread.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Dead funny and enjoyable: who'd have thought it?
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
If only LaBute had himself been allowed to rewrite the screenplay in his own inimitably mordant style, it might have been so much sharper and leaner
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
This American remake of the 2007 UK-set farce is superior in every way.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
From what is a fairly big name cast, LaBute gets absolutely nothing out of them, and the narrative is similarly choppy and disjointed. Tracy Morgan is the only actor to come out of the film without his career taking a hit.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
a reasonably funny, but considerably less than perfect farce that includes some funny performances, but doesn't have a whole lot holding it together.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Death comes to us all, though perhaps never so depressingly slowly as with a 90-minute clubbing over the head by a bad comedy. A deadly dull farce . . . a machete-choppy non-buildup of obvious schticks.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
... a fairly clean two-bagger ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A perfectly pleasant piffle, a comedy that fails to produce many big laughs but knows how to parcel out its small ones at an acceptable clip.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I like the cast.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
New comedy is like one long sitcom %u2014 without the laughter
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This junk fest wastes no time getting down to business: LSD jokes, barren women jokes, sex jokes, naked in public jokes, midget jokes, and poop jokes.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
At worst, I thought it would be magnificently unnecessary. Instead, I found it painfully unfunny and tedious.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rock saddles himself with the thankless straight-man role, when he should be the funniest guy in the room.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
it's never dull or unfunny, but its farcical situations never quite gel into something truly hilarious, either
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
No tears were allowed at this service, only tears from laughter.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
...as funny and enjoyable as the original.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Rock's interventions can't compensate for excessive fealty to dumb gags.
Melissa Anderson - L.A. Weekly
So strained, noisy and mirthlessly scatological, it's hard to believe it features Rock and Morgan as opposed to a cast of latex cartoons with Eddie Murphy inside them.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
The biggest surprise is that feeble material from three years ago feels even more farcical in the age of Obama.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
A great cast is wasted in this non-funny comedy that is DOA
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
[B]road, crude, unsubtle remake of the brilliant 2007 British film... [T]he tone is wrong, the pacing is wrong, and the emphasis is in all the wrong places...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
'Death at a Funeral' isn't always lively.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The ensemble family farce squats awkwardly in cinematic purgatory figuratively, and then very nearly literally during a 10-minute slapstick bathroom scene involving Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
It's not as through and through funny and hilarious as the trailer would make it seem.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence wisely leave the funniest parts of this farcical comedy to its strong supporting cast.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
With comedians Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan on board, it's surprising they give the best moments to James Marsden.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The hollow humor is coarsely sexual, crudely scatological slapstick. Do yourself a favor: rent the droll original directed by Frank Oz.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
What will creatively-bankrupt Hollywood think of next? How about a remake of Slumdog Millionaire, only set in an L.A. barrio with an all-Chicano cast? I shouldn't give them any ideas.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
The who's who African American cast guarantees there will be no box office funeral for Death at a Funeral.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
For a remake, "Death" isn't bad at all. The jokes that really worked in the British film are still quite funny here, and the actors chosen for each respective role are pretty perfect counterparts.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's a purported comedy that features a host of talented performers, but is saddled with a 90 minute running gag, amidst a lame script bearing foul language and gross scenarios.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Death At A Funeral is a sick twisted mess that had me laughing throughout but fails in its delivery and overall quality.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Over-the-top funeral comedy digs into sex and potty humor.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
In general, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" serves the new movie well.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This crowd-pleaser is full of hilarious, unexpected surprises and moves at a rapid clip. The reels unspool like a wacky crash course on the many variations of...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
The humour may be coarse, but the characters -- whatever their quirks -- are not.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It's no comedy masterpiece, but this story of a funeral where everything goes wrong has a brash, outlandish tone grounded by an outstanding cast.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Offers very little new for those who saw the original.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
I didn't like the British original at all. So to say that the American remake is okay is actually a huge improvement. I guess Americans are just better at mediocrity.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The new DEATH AT A FUNERAL is every bit as profane as its predecessor, but it's a hell of a lot funnier.
Luke Y. Thompson - Geekweek
- National Post
I can't say that Death at a Funeral is a perfect film. I can't even say that it was entirely necessary. But it is damn entertaining.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Director Neil Labute has crafted a balanced dramedy in which, from start to finish, each talent has a moment in the spotlight.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Of all movies, why remake this one, which wasn't very good in the first place?
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Audiences unfamiliar with Frank Oz's 2007 original film by the same title will find guilty laughs at Neil Labute's less funny remake.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's filled with the kind of embarrassing situations that only happen in movies and would probably make the viewer ashamed to watch it, if they weren't too busy cracking up laughing.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
A broad farce like this, with multiple characters and side plots, ought to whiz, not drag.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This Death at a Funeral - even when it's copying the original gags almost shot for shot - doesn't capture the manic intensity of the original film.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Short's character tries to calm Morgan's by saying, "You're at a 10! I need you at a 2!" If you're looking for the 2 in terms of tone, rent the original. If you're looking for the 10, rent this one.
William Goss - Cinematical
An imperfect comedy, but as a movie with a mostly black cast, made by a white director, that isn't being marketed strictly according to color lines, it's a step forward.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
That Morgan spends the entire second half of the film covered in feces doesn't seem like a commentary on actors wearing blackface (or Brownface) while they shuck and jive, but more like honesty about how he probably felt on the set.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny %u2014 a bit of a disappointment considering the comedic potential of this cast.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
Slight but agreeable picture.
- Austin Chronicle
This may be the most unnecessary remake since Gus van Sant redid 'Psycho.'
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
I was laughing so much, I forgot it was a Martin Lawrence movie!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It didn't evoke more than the occasional smile from this viewer.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If nothing else, the 2010 Death of a Funeral proves that, in Hollywood, you get a second chance.
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
Essentially confirmed what I suspected, based on the commercials: that everything that was meticulously etched in the original would be scrawled in crayon in this version.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
There must be a shortage of original ideas in Hollywood for Sony Pictures to remake this stinker.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It serves its purpose by providing ninety minutes of consistent laughter, though no scene really stands out from the others.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Made in the spirit of an old-school farce, Death at a Funeral manages to find most of its fun through the interaction of its game cast, who clearly had a good time working together.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Comedy is the real casualty in this fatally unfunny remake.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
A mixed bag, Death at a Funeral has moments of real wit -- and moments when you envy the corpse.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
"Death at a Funeral," an uneven remake of "Death at a Funeral" (2007) is not as funny as its raucous sibling, but it is plenty funny and well worth seeing.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
In the end, it's the audience who should be grieving.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
The juxtaposition of outrageous farce with the most serious of occasions sharpens what would otherwise be pedestrian slapstick.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Say what you will about the subtler European style of humor not translating overseas, at least it's more tolerable than this sort of over-the-top nincompoopery.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Poor Tracy Morgan with chunks of fecal matter stuck to his face. I laughed, and then I wanted to barf. Then I LOLed some more.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
Rock acquits himself nicely as the responsible brother and resident straight man, but everyone else in the cast has apparently been advised to mug shamelessly and yell their lines as loudly as possible, especially Tracy Morgan...
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
In fact, with all of the comic talent involved, including Rock, Lawrence and Tracy Morgan, Marsden steals the show here.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
The film's ensemble cast clicks together nicely, and the story, as written by original scribe Dean Craig, is almost note for note.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
By holding tight to the story of the original, it delivers laughs and is held up on the shoulders of a great performance from James Marsden.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
It's not necessarily a lazy reworking, just strangely lethargic. More tedious than ticklish.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Post-mortem grossout, bawdy bereavement, laugh-out-lewd feces fun and games, and a little gay dwarf tossing as a served up side order of midget mockery. Not a movie to die for.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A flat retread of a comedy that was already moribund.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
You can get away with almost anything in a farce except failing to be funny, and that's what kills Death at a Funeral.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
A depressingly strained comedy.
Tim Grierson - EmanuelLevy.Com
A mean-spirited, chaotic, headache-inducing act of desperation that largely relies upon running gags that overstay their welcome interspersed with a lot of screaming, cavorting, and running in and out of rooms.
A horrible movie is remade into a slightly less horrible one.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Isn't quite a success, although the cast does put forward their best effort.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The movie's big, talented cast ... knows where the laughs are, and carries the movie as far as it can go.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The comic possibilities of a character mistakenly ingesting a tab of acid and then acting predictably loony at the most inopportune moment are surely limitless, or at least it must have seemed so to the makers of Death of a Funeral.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Nude, hallucinogen-fueled jaunts on rooftops, revelations about same-sex relationships -- with a little person, no less -- and individuals covered in feces are all executed with verve by the typically misanthropic Neil LaBute.
Nick Schager - Time Out
Despite a few more laffs than the British original, the cast seems to be operating on auto-pilot--the sort of regular clownishness that lets director Neil LaBute make his standard implication that nothing in (black) American life is to be taken seriously.
Armond White - New York Press