The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 20, 2006

As first film, it suffers from problems of most movies directed by actors: Big emotional scenes and indulgent acting, but it has some moments of truth

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006

...because Cumming and Leigh avoid most (though not all) of the easy choices common to first-time writers and directors, the movie stays on the right side of entertaining.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 12, 2003

Intenso e fascinante, o filme se apóia inteiramente no imenso talento de seu elenco e é recompensado com atuações absolutamente irretocáveis - e é claro que a dupla de diretores merece créditos por isto.

| Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 16, 2003

A raw yet relaxed film buff's film... a wittier, recast version of one of your own dinner parties, with enough high drama to keep the guests talking for quite a while.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002

Co-directors Jason Leigh and Cummings have delivered an uncharacteristically smart comedy with surprising dramatic turns and excellent performances across the board.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rachel Deahl
Boxoffice Magazine
November 18, 2002

Focusing on the relationship between Sally and Joe ... The Anniversary Party reveals itself as a devastating parable about love, unfolding much like a stage play.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters.

Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

An encouraging sign, both for the potential of low-budget, digital video movie-making and for the potential of talented actors to bring fresh ideas to the other side of the camera.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
July 2, 2002

It feels like watered-down Robert Altman when it is intended to be a bitter, stiff drink.

Full Review | Original Score: C
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 9, 2002

Everyone gets their own moment to shine -- Paltrow and Adams are particularly funny -- but all too often we laugh at these people, not with them...

Shay Casey
Daily-Reviews
March 13, 2002

A movie [made] for the express purpose of showing off a lot of other talented actors, and unfortunately, there's not much of a purpose beyond that.

| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2002

The Anniversary Party is heartfelt and affected in equal part, the product of actors' occasional desire to be understood as human beings.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 7, 2002

A caustic but refreshing look at how some intelligence can be scripted into a Hollywood ensemble film if some effort is applied.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide
January 12, 2002

This movie is lacking in a lot of important areas including plot, substance and character, but it is certainly not short on big-name talent.

Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Ted Murphy
Baseline.Hollywood.com
December 4, 2001

"The Anniversary Party" ... is an intriguing film that, while not wholly successful, does have several things going for it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
October 17, 2001

The unfocussed script is in need of substantial revision.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 14, 2001

Despite the somewhat overused plot device, it manages to avoid most of the usual cliches.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kirsten Markson
PopMatters
August 10, 2001

Plays like a Hollywood version of The Real World, neatly edited and set in a striking but sterile home, but with few surprises.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
July 27, 2001

Too formlessly turgid.

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