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In the Loop

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United Kingdom

2009

1h 46m

Director Armando Iannucci

Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini

Genre Comedy

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Both the U.S. President and the U.K. Prime Minister want to go to war in the Middle East. The British Minister for International Development, Simon Foster, has made two comments on television emboldening both sides of the pro/anti-war lobbies, and leading to a myriad of political maneuverings, truth-bending, and personal hijinx.

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Film Threat by

Generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.
91

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The chattering smarty-pants who ran the U.S. government on "The West Wing" are slow talkers compared with the motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite in the brainy British comedy In the Loop.
90

Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

Not to detract from the pleasure of watching the consistently excellent actors, who enhance the dialogue's bite with their body language, but the script of In the Loop is so rich that it could work as a radio play.
88

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
88

Boston Globe by Ty Burr

As a ranking cabinet minister in the brutally funny political satire In the Loop, actor Peter Capaldi unfurls dazzling verbal ribbons of the foulest language imaginable, thunderbolts of vulgarity that carry the force of precision carpet-bombing.

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