The Anniversary Party Reviews

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March 5, 2021
Leigh and Cumming are somewhat disgruntled members of the Hollywood scene who have not deeply worked out a critique. The film lacks sufficient anger at the current state of affairs and, more generally, a strong purposefulness.
November 20, 2008
August 7, 2008
March 16, 2004
October 21, 2002
Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters.
July 2, 2002
It feels like watered-down Robert Altman when it is intended to be a bitter, stiff drink.
June 13, 2002
June 9, 2002
Everyone gets their own moment to shine -- Paltrow and Adams are particularly funny -- but all too often we laugh at these people, not with them...
March 22, 2002
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.
January 12, 2002
This movie is lacking in a lot of important areas including plot, substance and character, but it is certainly not short on big-name talent.
August 10, 2001
Plays like a Hollywood version of The Real World, neatly edited and set in a striking but sterile home, but with few surprises.
July 27, 2001
Too formlessly turgid.
July 27, 2001
Mixed bag for sure -- there are at least as many bad bits as there are good ones.
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.
June 25, 2001
The cast members play versions of themselves with considerable verve, but their meltdowns are predictable, over-familiar and disappointingly camp-free.
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.
June 24, 2001
The problem with The Anniversary Party is that it doesn't seem to have an audience in mind.
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.
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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