Peter's Friends Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Many of the lines and the shadings brought to them by these expert performers are good for some laughs, and pic has plenty of energy, but it can't be taken as seriously as it wants to be.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
Why does this genre endure, and why does it attract actors of the caliber of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
December 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Mostly a hodgepodge of stale show-biz stereotypes mixed with the brand of schmaltzy emotionalism that can be bought off the rack of any store on Rodeo Drive.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
[Branagh] seems at sea, using stilted camera shots, dark and gloomy lighting and allowing the initially amusing proceedings to gradually sink into a morass of gooey melodramatics.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 2, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If film is basically a voyeuristric medium, then one of the questions that might be asked about "Peter's Friends" is: Would we like to be one of these friends, and attend such a reunion ourselves? I would.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 15, 2005
Great British comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
January 24, 2006
A terrific ensemble, breath of fresh air for Branagh
| Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Most will guess the pay-off, but it's an amiable enterprise.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 21, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 5, 2005
lively and hilarious
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Peter's Friends won't win over anyone looking for depth - as drama, it's pure popcorn - but the vignettes are swept along by Branagh's richly theatrical temperament and by the exuberant wit of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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