Life of the Party Reviews

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March 16, 2020
The modern academic landscape of safe spaces and microaggression measurement might have given the old premise a good jolt, but Falcone and McCarthy take the easier route of throwing her character into the epic partying of the Greek system.
May 15, 2018
McCarthy doesn't try to conceal her purpose: she has won her power the hard way and she wants to use it for the greater good. That's part of what makes her the cultural icon she has become, the champion of downtrodden woman of all shapes and sizes.
May 14, 2018
The pat drama and the mild conflicts of "Life of the Party" leave McCarthy with little chance to shine, despite her near-constant presence onscreen.
May 13, 2018
Life of the Party doesn't live up to either of the nouns in its title.
May 12, 2018
Melissa McCarthy is comedy royalty - it's a scientific fact, look it up - but even the Bridesmaids star can't keep this mom-goes-to-college fluffball from flatlining.
May 11, 2018
Falcone and McCarthy seem so concerned with delivering on their audience's pratfall assumptions that they never allow McCarthy to expand her capabilities in any meaningful way.
May 11, 2018
Life of the Party is proof that even the funniest actors need good material, which makes it all the more disappointing that McCarthy wrote the script with director Ben Falcone, who is also her husband.
May 11, 2018
Life of the Party is harmless good fun. And sometimes that's enough.
May 11, 2018
After suffering through the abomination named Identity Thief, I felt for sure I had seen the worst McCarthy has to offer. I was wrong.
May 11, 2018
The latest Melissa McCarthy star vehicle that fails to do justice to the sheer awesomeness of its leading lady.
May 11, 2018
McCarthy needs a better agent.
May 11, 2018
It's plenty nice, but comedy needs some teeth. And the only teeth "Life of the Party" has are in its over-excited smile.
May 11, 2018
A funny and disarmingly sweet if slightly uneven comedy co-written by the star and her husband, director Ben Falcone.
May 10, 2018
Do laundry. Clean the fish tank. Re-grout the bathroom. What do these things have in common? They are much better ways to spend your time than sitting through Melissa McCarthy's uninspired and forced Life of the Party.
Top Critic
May 10, 2018
It's a diverting vehicle for a solid comedy star, and if you feel like it might be for you, you probably won't be disappointed.
May 10, 2018
"Life of the Party" indulges our collective hope that mistakes can be mended, we're never too old for redemption and, given the chance, we could still slay in a frat house dance-off if the DJ played the right song.
May 10, 2018
The sweet comedy has its heart in the right place. But Melissa McCarthy's fans know she is better than an extended sitcom that plays like a rerun.
May 10, 2018
Relegating McCarthy to the role of the comedic "straight man" is yet another odd career choice.
May 10, 2018
Everyone's acting in different keys, sometimes in different movies, but whatever: I'll take Maya Rudolph and Gillian Jacobs in just about anything.
May 10, 2018
How strange. McCarthy is hilarious in every movie she's in, except in the ones that she and her husband create for her.
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