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
There are moments, mostly in the latter half, when the ensemble works well together and Thomas, especially, gets to shine as her world falls apart. But these elements aren't enough to justify attending this "Party."
Potter's comic dissection of the London intelligentsia's personal and political angst is completely of the moment.
With a cast like this, "The Party" should have been a delicious romp. Instead, it's over before it gets started.
It's not entirely satisfying but Potter delivers a darkly delicious comedy of manners.
It's worth attending this party if only for Scott Thomas, who's never less than electric. Somebody needs to put Janet and her quivering energy at the center of a superhero movie; I'd watch.
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
Audience Reviews for The Party
It's like Potter staged only Act 2 of a decent play, revelations abound but we aren't invested in any of them. One hell of cast can't make up for the weak characters
Definitely an enjoyable movie. If you are one of the people who LOVES action and hates, "the boring taking parts," stay FAR away from this movie. The acting was pretty spectacular. The small cast and small setting really add a lot to the ambiance. The cinematography is stellar, especially their work with windows. The comedic lines hit almost 100% of the time. My biggest problem was that the "twist" was somewhat predictable. Aside from that, a solid movie to see alone and with a quiet attentive audience.
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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