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2,600 Ratings

In the Loop

Directed by Armando Iannucci
United Kingdom, 2009


During an interview, British Cabinet Minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) delivers an off-the-cuff remark that war is “unforeseeable.” Profane director of communications Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) tries to cover up the faux pas, but the comment is picked up by an American official…

Our take

Best known for creating The Thick of It and Veep, Iannucci fashions a semi-spin-off of the former in the Academy Award-nominated In the Loop. A scathing satire of contemporary politics, and a perfect acting showcase for Capaldi—reviving his role as the brilliantly belligerent Malcolm Tucker.

In the Loop Directed by Armando Iannucci

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2010 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Village Voice Film Poll

2009 | 3rd place: Best First Feature

2009 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Screenplay

2009 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

In character terms, In The Loop is less pessimistic than the show that inspired it, which never made room for a figure as relatively good-hearted as James Gandolfini’s U.S. lieutenant general. But on the political plane, it’s utterly, uncompromisingly bleak.
May 14, 2013
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