The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
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
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.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 Villaça
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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
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.
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
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
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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-
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 15, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Howe
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
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
May 27, 2008
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 22, 2003
Lo que hicieron Leigh y Cumming fue reunir a un grupo de amigos actores, y disparar algunas acideces sobre comportamientos más bien frívolos que generalmente esconden costados más amargos del ser humano.
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Nate Yapp
October 23, 2002
There hasn't been a group of actors so easy with each other since This is Spinal Tap.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 19, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
June 25, 2001
Top Critic

Ebert & Roeper
June 7, 2001
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