The Party (2018)
Critic Consensus: Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.
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Critic Reviews for The Party
The Party is a brisk, black-and-white, worst-possible-case dinner party scenario overflowing with good actors and bad vibes. It resembles a minor-league distillation of Edward Albee and Woody Allen, but at least there are those performers to look at
Like a soap bubble, writer-director Sally Potter's arch sendup of the English intelligentsia (plus the odd coked-up banker) is brief, diverting, and laden with impending doom from its very first moments.
Potter's script is deft, breezing along quickly. The comedy is low-key and of a more intellectual than physical variety.
[Patricia Clarkson] has seldom been in a vehicle so witty and cerebral as Sally Potter's drawing-room comedy.
Potter has assembled all the makings of an acid-bath of a social satire but somehow avoids the killing blow.
Audience Reviews for The Party
Highly engaging, fast-paced and with great performances (especially Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy, who are hilarious), this smart comedy has some very funny moments and never outstays its welcome, surprising us with a well-written dialogue and delicious twists.
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