The Anniversary Party - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 27, 2001
Mixed bag for sure -- there are at least as many bad bits as there are good ones.
Eric D. Snider
July 27, 2001
Its excellent cast is better than the overall product, but it's an entertaining party nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 22, 2001
The Anniversary Party is like watching a great exercise in social psychology - funny, surprising, fascinating. I couldn't take my eyes off it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
July 13, 2001
Contains the undeniable fascination of the movie star world that is compelling even if you like to pretend that you couldn't care less.
July 1, 2001
They are regular people with regular friends who happen to do larger than life things for a living, yet all the people are so real, so interesting, and so well-written.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
July 1, 2001
Unless a movie set in Hollywood is as good as "Sunset Boulevard" or "The Player," it's hard not to wish the filmmakers had chosen a more imaginative locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 29, 2001
Where else are you going to see so many beautiful people acting in a way that makes the rest of us feel superior?
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 29, 2001
A high-quality entry among ensemble dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 28, 2001
ultimately the performers themselves seem to have gotten the lion's share of the entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 28, 2001
A most entertaining and heartfelt American movie.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
June 26, 2001
The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
June 25, 2001
The cast members play versions of themselves with considerable verve, but their meltdowns are predictable, over-familiar and disappointingly camp-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 25, 2001
With few exceptions, people who produce and direct their own scripts and insist on casting themselves in the lead roles are a self-absorbed sort.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 25, 2001
The best thing that one can say about The Anniversary Party is that it raises more questions about its central characters than it can possibly answer -- which may weaken it as a drama but not as a search for truth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
June 24, 2001
The problem with The Anniversary Party is that it doesn't seem to have an audience in mind.
| Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
June 22, 2001
A candid and compelling, character-driven ensemble piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 22, 2001
The result is something like being stuck at an audition for someone else's play, which you haven't read, won't invest in, and don't care too much about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 22, 2001
Though the film is overlong and overly familiar, Leigh and Cumming ultimately bring a sincere sensitivity and understanding to the material.
| Original Score: B-
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 22, 2001
What distinguishes The Anniversary Party from the movies/lives that inspired it is the dead-on quality of much of the writing and acting.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 22, 2001
Doesn't have the depth or emotional resonance of a picture such as The Big Chill, mainly because we never feel for the characters.
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