The Anniversary Party Reviews
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
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, 2005
December 6, 2004
... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego.
October 12, 2003
Intenso e fascinante, o filme se apia inteiramente no imenso talento de seu elenco e recompensado com atuaes absolutamente irretocveis - e claro que a dupla de diretores merece crditos por isto.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
December 4, 2001
"The Anniversary Party" ... is an intriguing film that, while not wholly successful, does have several things going for it.