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Garden Party Reviews

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Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
July 15, 2008
This ensemble piece works if you know Los Angeles. After all, it's very possible for a homeless kid, pot-smoking Realtor, young model and a number of perverts to cross paths in that town.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
July 6, 2008
Not exactly a feelgood drama, but nonetheless an eye-opening peek at the ugly underbelly of a merciless metropolis that could care less about the fate of the least of its brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 8, 2008
Freeland's film offers a poor man's Los Angeles opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
July 22, 2008
Their lives eventually intersect, but in more or less arbitrary ways.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 13, 2008
Slow ride to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
July 11, 2008
Sophomore writer/director Freeland doesn't quite feel like the host of this particular "garden party," but rather like the party's Sabrina, secretly spying from the sidelines.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 11, 2008
Oddly, halfway through when Freeland strains our credulity even further, the film finally feels fresh
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 11, 2008
A low-rent answer to Robert Altmanā(TM)s Short Cuts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 10, 2008
A bit like Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), taking a look at a cross-section of Los Angeles characters, though it runs less than half the length and, conversely, half the depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
July 10, 2008
The characters aren't interesting, and the stories toggle between tawdry and ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 10, 2008
They're not a likeable bunch, to be sure, but the bigger problem is that there's little resonance to their stories.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 10, 2008
It's a production in search of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: D+
Marcy Dermansky
July 10, 2008
Willa Holland is the one good thing about Garden Party -- not because of her performance (which is neither good or bad) but for that nostalgia she evoked in me for young Fairuza [Balk].
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2008
A dreary drama about a group of selfish and amoral characters whose lives intersect in Los Angeles.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Geoff Berkshire
July 10, 2008
A blandly pointless roundelay of bad acting, forgettable characters and flat drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 10, 2008
If we're meant to take these threads as a tapestry of L.A., then Freeland clearly needs to stop watching Robert Altman DVDs and go outside to see what the real world is actually like.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 9, 2008
A fatally fractured, disconnected mosaic of unappealing, marginal Hollywood types haphazardly interconnecting.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 7, 2008
A tapestry of intersecting Hollywood lives that illuminates nothing except for writer-director Jason Freeland's obvious fondness for Short Cuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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