Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) (1994)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 31
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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Jennifer Jason Leigh offers an acclaimed performance as humorist Dorothy Parker, who together with such 1920s luminaries as Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman, was a charter member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table. The story is related in flashback form, as Mrs. Parker, in Hollywood to cowrite the 1937 feature A Star is Born with her second husband Alan Campbell (Peter Gallagher), recalls her glory days as an Algonquinite. A great deal of attention is afforded
Nov 23, 1994 Wide
Sep 5, 2006
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
George S. Kaufman
Mary Kennedy Taylor
Franklin P. Adams
John Peter Toohey
Mary Brandon Sherwood
Donald Ogden Stewart
Jane Adams (II)
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)
- Dorothy Parker: Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
- Dorothy Parker: What fresh hell is this?
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