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The Anniversary Party Reviews

Top Critic
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
Too formlessly turgid.
June 26, 2001
The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
June 22, 2001
The kind of movie only the people starring in it could love.
June 22, 2001
The film has a marvelous cast, and everyone is in fine form.
June 22, 2001
Never less than entertaining and often much, much more.
June 22, 2001
A textbook example of why actors sometimes should just act.
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
June 22, 2001
Isn't what you'd call a probing film, but it's a slick and savvy one.
June 21, 2001
Smart and edgy.
June 21, 2001
A classic guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2001
Has a loose, improvisatory feel that rings true.
June 15, 2001
Badly organized and self-indulgent.
June 15, 2001
I had a hard time maintaining interest in (let along liking) any of these self-involved Hollywood twerps.
June 12, 2001
They turn what could have been an acting stunt into an intimate and compelling study of bruised emotions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
June 8, 2001
Glorified home movie.
June 8, 2001
A riveting, caffeinating study of marriage.
June 8, 2001
Good performances, but basically an exercise in self-indulgence.
June 8, 2001
A smart, energetic, often very funny comedy filled with sharp, vivid performances by a terrific ensemble cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2001
The movie's loaded with funny scenes that mix and match its players to good effect.
June 7, 2001
Feels more like a backyard relaxation than a movie.
June 6, 2001
Genial enough if unrefined.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
June 6, 2001
An exercise in what it critiques -- the self-involvement and self-dramatization of performers.
May 15, 2001
The party's over a lot earlier than the distracted hosts appear to realize.