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The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2001
An actory movie, with performers gorging on the kind of histrionics an experienced director would put a lid on.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 15, 2001
Badly organized and self-indulgent.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 6, 2001
You know how sometimes you tell a story, and you think it's really funny, but no one else gets it? Well, guess you had to be there. Tell that story for about two hours and you have The Anniversary Party.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 22, 2001
This film is monumentally annoying.
Arthur Lazere
June 13, 2001
convenient confessions, extraneous crises, and unearned emotionalism
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
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John Anderson
June 8, 2001
Good performances, but basically an exercise in self-indulgence.
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-
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.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 23, 2001
What crashes Party's potentially freewheeling sense of merriment is the choice by Cumming and Leigh to shoot it in DV.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Stacie Hougland
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters.
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
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
Shay Casey
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
Michael Dequina
April 4, 2001
Such an array of acting talent is trapped in such a mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2001
The party's over a lot earlier than the distracted hosts appear to realize.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
June 6, 2001
An exercise in what it critiques -- the self-involvement and self-dramatization of performers.
Dave Kehr
June 7, 2001
Comes out looking a lot like the standard, self-indulgent actor's film.
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