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
| Original Score: C+
...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.
... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego.
| Original Score: B
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
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.
Co-directors Jason Leigh and Cummings have delivered an uncharacteristically smart comedy with surprising dramatic turns and excellent performances across the board.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It feels like watered-down Robert Altman when it is intended to be a bitter, stiff drink.
| Original Score: C
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...
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
The Anniversary Party is heartfelt and affected in equal part, the product of actors' occasional desire to be understood as human beings.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A caustic but refreshing look at how some intelligence can be scripted into a Hollywood ensemble film if some effort is applied.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 70/100
"The Anniversary Party" ... is an intriguing film that, while not wholly successful, does have several things going for it.
| Original Score: 3/5
The unfocussed script is in need of substantial revision.
Despite the somewhat overused plot device, it manages to avoid most of the usual cliches.
Plays like a Hollywood version of The Real World, neatly edited and set in a striking but sterile home, but with few surprises.
Too formlessly turgid.