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Dinner at Eight (1933)

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Release Date: Aug 23, 1933 Wide

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Based on the Broadway hit by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Dinner at Eight is a near-flawless comedy/drama with an all-star cast at the peak of their talents. Social butterfly Mrs. Oliver Jordan (Billie Burke) arranges a dinner party that will benefit the busines of her husband (Lionel Barrymore). Among the invited are a crooked executive (Wallace Beery), who is in the process of ruining Jordan; his wife (Jean Harlow), who is carrying on an affair with a doctor (Edmund Lowe); a fading

Mar 1, 2005

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (0) | DVD (9)

It's a little rough around the edges, but the performances from these legendary actors really make this movie worthy of your time

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

A deluxe flipbook of caricatures, a blatant pageant of studio thoroughbreds, a study of tuxedoed, bejeweled pretense

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Features a stellar cast of all-star MGM veterans who all know how to overact.

April 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Taking advantage of MGM's talent pool, George Cukor directed this witty 1933 comedy with a big-gun cast that includes Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and Jean Harlow.

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Scintillating '30s comedy with an all-star cast and quip-happy script.

September 9, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A sparkling script and game efforts from an all-star cast easily overcome the creakiness.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The dinner party that closes Dinner at Eight wouldn't feel like dancing at the end of the world without Renault's final gesture.

March 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Each star has a memorable moment.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Feels like a very good, very entertaining movie, but Grand Hotel feels like something truly special. However, the good in Dinner at Eight is very good indeed.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

the kind of smart, upscale adult comedy-drama that would never get made these days

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

A masterfully-directed comedy, Dinner at Eight (1933), filled with a tremendous cast of stars all invited

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Audience Reviews for Dinner at Eight

This is the story of socialites, their dramas and affairs, as they prepare for a dinner party.
The main conflict of this story sneaked up on me, and by the time I was aware that the eponymous dinner would be either an afterthought or never appear, I had already condemned this movie for its over-heavy exposition and its dull characters/caricatures. It is true that there are some compelling performances, but I couldn't find why we were getting to know them or what the raison d'etre was until much too late. Even now I'm not sure.
Overall, this film's poor structure makes it difficult to like.
September 3, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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After you get through the first half of the movie, which is really talky and long, it gets good. It's dramatic and exciting, and the story has a great realistic ending. The actors are good too. This was a good movie.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

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Incredibly good play-turned-movie adaptation. An all-star cast, with exceptional performances by John Barrymore, holding up the tragic end of the balance, and Marie Dressler delivering the best laughs. A must-see just for the great weave of comedy and tragedy.
January 12, 2009
binky013

Super Reviewer

My mother has talked up this movie ever since I was a kid and after many years and finally getting around to seeing it, I just don't see the big deal. Admittedly I was only paying half attention (didn't really like anyone in the cast) and my mom was talking through some of it. All I really got out of this movie was a more lighthearted and sometimes funnier version of Grand Hotel when I was expecting more of a screwball comedy. Maybe I'll come back to it somewhere down the road but not anytime soon.
November 23, 2008
mjgildea

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    1. Max Kane: Oh, no. l'm just telling you the truth... You know, you never were an actor. You did have looks, but they're gone now. You don't have to take my word for it. Just look in any mirror. They don't lie. Take a good look. Look at those pouches under your eyes. Look at those creases. You sag like an old woman! Get a load of yourself! Wait till you start tramping around the offices, looking for a job, because no agent's going to handle you. Sitting in those anterooms hour after hour, giving your name to office boys that never even heard of you. You're through, Renault! You're through in pictures and plays and vaudeville and radio and everything. You're a corpse, and you don't know it. Go get yourself buried!
    – Submitted by Travis F (17 months ago)
    1. Carlotta Vance: That's the unfortunate thing about death. It's so terribly final. Even the young can't do anything about it.
    – Submitted by Travis F (17 months ago)
    1. Kitty Packard: I was reading a book the other day.
    2. Carlotta Vance: Reading a book?
    3. Kitty Packard: Yes. It's all about civilization or something, a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?
    4. Carlotta Vance: Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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