In the Loop Is Bloody Good Fun
British political satire tells of path to war
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2009 11:18 AM CDT

(Newser) In the Loop is a blistering, satirical tale of unsavory characters in the British and American governments pushing their nations to war in the Middle East.

  • “While In the Loop is a highly disciplined inquiry into a very serious subject, it is also, line by filthy line, scene by chaotic scene, by far the funniest big-screen satire in recent memory,” writes AO Scott in the New York Times.

  • It’s “a very effective, verbally blood-stained portrait of how a little brazen scheming on one side, coupled with selfishness and failure of nerve on the other, can actually change the world,” writes Michael Ordoña in the Los Angeles Times.
  • But Claudia Puig warns in USA Today that “sometimes the pace is just too breakneck, the jokes too fast and furious, and the functionaries too caricatured, all of which undermines the clever writing.”