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The Anniversary Party Reviews

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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+
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.
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
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
June 19, 2003
Leigh and Cumming prove to be adept writers and, like many actors-turned-directors, are excellent at eliciting fine performances from their fellow thespians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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.
October 21, 2002
Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters.
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
July 2, 2002
It feels like watered-down Robert Altman when it is intended to be a bitter, stiff drink.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 9, 2002
Everyone gets their own moment to shine -- Paltrow and Adams are particularly funny -- but all too often we laugh at these people, not with them...
March 13, 2002
A movie [made] for the express purpose of showing off a lot of other talented actors, and unfortunately, there's not much of a purpose beyond that.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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-
January 12, 2002
This movie is lacking in a lot of important areas including plot, substance and character, but it is certainly not short on big-name talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
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
October 17, 2001
The unfocussed script is in need of substantial revision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2001
Despite the somewhat overused plot device, it manages to avoid most of the usual cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2001
Plays like a Hollywood version of The Real World, neatly edited and set in a striking but sterile home, but with few surprises.
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