Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) (1994)
The life of acclaimed writer Dorothy Parker and her involvement with the legendary Algonquin round-table is chronicled in this biopic. Parker was best known for her theatrical and literary reviews, her acidic poetry, and her screenplays. This film contrasts her personal and creative lives with her social life.
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
A highly absorbing but naggingly patchy look at the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker and her cohorts at the legendary Algonquin Round Table.
"Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" has its flaws, but it also has a heartfelt grasp of what set Dorothy Parker apart from her fellow revelers and makes her so emblematic a figure even today.
The Dorothy Parker that Leigh and Rudolph present isn't one-dimensional. In addition to being savagely funny, she is also capable of great elegance and genuine insight.
What a wonderful, detailed portrait. And what an evocation of a time and a mood. "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle'' is truly one of those films that inhabits its own world.
Rudolph's effort to dramatize the life of the acerbic writer is dissatisfying due to shallow script that offers only a sketchy look, and Jennfer Jason Leigh's stiff rendition further hampered by arch accent; it's all black-and-white style and no drama.
Only Alan Rudolph could make these people dull.
A great ensemble helps to cut through a fairly stuffy narrative.
Audience Reviews for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
A unconventional biopic featuring an even more unconventional performance by Leigh. It may not give you a great sense of specific facts or details about the members of The Algonquin Round Table, but the film does capture their moods and feelings . . . filled with wit, genius, self-loathing and bitter loneliness.More
A movie a bout a life that really needs to be told, sadly this movie focuses on the torrid affairs like some grocery store rag and when Leigh speaks you really need subtitles which are cruelly not missing. Leigh stretches her voice so far her voice is monotone with little intonation to elude to her inner state.More
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