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Peter's Friends (1992)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill (1983), was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton (Stephen Fry), who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew (Branagh), who has married Carol (Rita Rudner), the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson),


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Feb 12, 2008

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (9)

Peter's Friends won't win over anyone looking for depth - as drama, it's pure popcorn - but the vignettes are swept along by Branagh's richly theatrical temperament and by the exuberant wit of the cast.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Many of the lines and the shadings brought to them by these expert performers are good for some laughs, and pic has plenty of energy, but it can't be taken as seriously as it wants to be.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Most will guess the pay-off, but it's an amiable enterprise.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Although it addresses AIDS more directly than many films have, it remains a lightweight entertainment, enjoyable mostly for the fun of hearing arch, skillful actors deliver droll remarks.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If film is basically a voyeuristric medium, then one of the questions that might be asked about "Peter's Friends" is: Would we like to be one of these friends, and attend such a reunion ourselves? I would.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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stephen fry is a great actor, and should act more

July 5, 2008

...a surprisingly entertaining little flick that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly stellar performances...

February 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A terrific ensemble, breath of fresh air for Branagh

January 24, 2006

Great British comedy.

April 15, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

lively and hilarious

April 5, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Surprisingly charming comedy.

August 19, 2004

Brilliant cast, above-average wit

June 8, 2004

Why does this genre endure, and why does it attract actors of the caliber of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson?

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Some witty humor and amusing characters, but suffocates from the weight of its own pretentiousness.

March 19, 2003

Good, but not great ensemble piece.

January 9, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[Branagh] seems at sea, using stilted camera shots, dark and gloomy lighting and allowing the initially amusing proceedings to gradually sink into a morass of gooey melodramatics.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Peter's Friends

I've been meaning to watch this film ever since reading its review on a Microsoft Cinemania '95 CD... it's very much a product of its time with the 80s soundtrack reminding me of discos from the early 90s. A bunch of thespians playing thespians; there's not much to describe with giving the plot away - worthwhile if you're a fan of Branagh & Thompson or Fry & Laurie.
March 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

This is a very ?luvvy, darling? film but it has its genuine tender moments!
September 22, 2009

Super Reviewer

Interesting relationships between old friends.
July 14, 2007
T Tsang

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I do not have the linguistic faculties to express how much I hate this film. Luvvy infested unfunny, pretentious crap.
March 7, 2007
xGary Xx

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    1. Andrew: I think adults are just children who owe money.
    – Submitted by David W (55 days ago)
    1. Maggie: Fill me with your little babies!
    – Submitted by Emily S (8 months ago)
    1. Carol: You make Mother Teresa look like a hooker.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Andrew: If there is a God, I think he takes a lot of long lunches.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Peter: It's funny. With both my parents gone, suddenly I have this overwhelming urge to act maturely.
    2. Andrew: Oh, I don't think anyone really matures. I think adults are just children who owe money.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Carol: Look at this armoire. Is this real?
    2. Andrew: No, it's imaginary.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
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