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The Anniversary Party Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 27, 2008
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 27, 2001
Too formlessly turgid.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 26, 2001
The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2001
If digital looks like this and makes it possible for such funny and intimate chamber pieces to come into existence, then bring on the digital movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 22, 2001
The kind of movie only the people starring in it could love.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2001
The film has a marvelous cast, and everyone is in fine form.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2001
Never less than entertaining and often much, much more.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 22, 2001
A textbook example of why actors sometimes should just act.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2001
A cool and intelligent look at a lifestyle where smart people are required to lead their lives according to dumb rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2001
Isn't what you'd call a probing film, but it's a slick and savvy one.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2001
Smart and edgy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 21, 2001
A classic guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2001
Has a loose, improvisatory feel that rings true.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 15, 2001
Badly organized and self-indulgent.
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June 15, 2001
I had a hard time maintaining interest in (let along liking) any of these self-involved Hollywood twerps.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 12, 2001
They turn what could have been an acting stunt into an intimate and compelling study of bruised emotions.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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USA Today
June 8, 2001
Glorified home movie.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 8, 2001
A riveting, caffeinating study of marriage.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 8, 2001
Good performances, but basically an exercise in self-indulgence.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 8, 2001
A smart, energetic, often very funny comedy filled with sharp, vivid performances by a terrific ensemble cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2001
Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh's Hollywood tale is set apart by its truthfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 7, 2001
Ms. Leigh and Mr. Cumming's screenplay does an amazing job of creating about a dozen fully rounded, nuanced characters with a minimum of words.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 7, 2001
The movie's loaded with funny scenes that mix and match its players to good effect.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
June 7, 2001
Feels more like a backyard relaxation than a movie.
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Ebert & Roeper
June 7, 2001
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2001
Genial enough if unrefined.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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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.
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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.