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The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

April 20, 2006
Mark Bourne

...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.

Full Review Source:

April 5, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

October 12, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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 Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: B

January 16, 2003
Chris Gore
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Rachel Deahl
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

November 18, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

July 2, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 9, 2002
Shay Casey

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

March 13, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

February 7, 2002
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 70/100

January 12, 2002
Ted Murphy

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2001
Andrew Howe

The unfocussed script is in need of substantial revision.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2001
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2001
Kirsten Markson

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters

August 10, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Too formlessly turgid.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 27, 2001
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