The Party's Over (2001)
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Critic Reviews for The Party's Over
The breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.
Ending well before 9/11, the film may offer a quaint enough portrait of politics as usual at the turn of the new century, though one that hardly seems helpful in the face of the world's new realities.
Apart from the obvious problem that findings from this period are already dated, the scatter-shot approach of filmmakers Donovan Leitch and Rebecca Chaiklin gives too many issues too little time.
If it accomplishes anything at all -- and it's dubious -- The Party's Over proves what a fragmentalized, incompetent and inarticulate thing the Left in this country has become.
Highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but also frustrating -- which, ultimately, might be the point.
Audience Reviews for The Party's Over
While it's not news to any of us, it may be a classic documentary in 20 years, and perhaps, if revisited annually, a good incentive for us to get off our lazy asses and actually do something about it. By "it" I mean the state of our failing democracy.
[img]https://www.filmmovement.com/Images/Catalog1/large/img_b_theparty.gif[/img]Only the Right-Wing (as they have) would condemn this film. More denial over how far we've moved away from the Ideals of our Founding Fathers. Scary. What's the big deal about trying to get it right? Don't we owe the people who come after us a chance at a better life? It is not about prosperity but justice, clean air and water, being good stewards of the land, affordable health care, and caring about our brothers and sisters. Disgusting, even more so now that Bush has a second term. And the fact that we let him. Philip Seymour Hoffman gave another good performance. Low-key, but powerful. Especially his listening eyes.
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