The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 27, 2001

Mixed bag for sure -- there are at least as many bad bits as there are good ones.

Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 27, 2001

Its excellent cast is better than the overall product, but it's an entertaining party nonetheless.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 22, 2001

The Anniversary Party is like watching a great exercise in social psychology - funny, surprising, fascinating. I couldn't take my eyes off it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
July 13, 2001

Contains the undeniable fascination of the movie star world that is compelling even if you like to pretend that you couldn't care less.

Karina Montgomery
Cinerina
July 1, 2001

They are regular people with regular friends who happen to do larger than life things for a living, yet all the people are so real, so interesting, and so well-written.

Full Review | Original Score: 5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
July 1, 2001

Unless a movie set in Hollywood is as good as "Sunset Boulevard" or "The Player," it's hard not to wish the filmmakers had chosen a more imaginative locale.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 29, 2001

Where else are you going to see so many beautiful people acting in a way that makes the rest of us feel superior?

Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 29, 2001

A high-quality entry among ensemble dramas.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 28, 2001

ultimately the performers themselves seem to have gotten the lion's share of the entertainment

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 28, 2001

A most entertaining and heartfelt American movie.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
June 26, 2001

The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
June 25, 2001

The cast members play versions of themselves with considerable verve, but their meltdowns are predictable, over-familiar and disappointingly camp-free.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 25, 2001

With few exceptions, people who produce and direct their own scripts and insist on casting themselves in the lead roles are a self-absorbed sort.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
June 25, 2001

The best thing that one can say about The Anniversary Party is that it raises more questions about its central characters than it can possibly answer -- which may weaken it as a drama but not as a search for truth.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
June 24, 2001

The problem with The Anniversary Party is that it doesn't seem to have an audience in mind.

| Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 22, 2001

A candid and compelling, character-driven ensemble piece.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
June 22, 2001

The result is something like being stuck at an audition for someone else's play, which you haven't read, won't invest in, and don't care too much about.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 22, 2001

Though the film is overlong and overly familiar, Leigh and Cumming ultimately bring a sincere sensitivity and understanding to the material.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Hartl
Seattle Times
Top Critic
June 22, 2001

What distinguishes The Anniversary Party from the movies/lives that inspired it is the dead-on quality of much of the writing and acting.

Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 22, 2001

Doesn't have the depth or emotional resonance of a picture such as The Big Chill, mainly because we never feel for the characters.

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