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The Party (2018)



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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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In Sally Potter's new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet's acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.


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Critic Reviews for The Party

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (4)

Featuring a veteran cast in top form and running just 71 minutes, this post-Brexit chamberpiece hits like a fast jab to the face--one that bruises and draws blood.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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It's openly theatrical, but if it feels like a film of a play, it's a play you really should see.

October 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Over 71 crisp minutes of fast-paced verbal combat, Potter tests the age-old theory that it's all fun and games until somebody gets knocked unconscious.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…

A deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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The cast spar splendidly, with Patricia Clarkson on spectacularly withering form.

December 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

... The Party is a highly entertaining and sharp piece of theatrical cinema, which will engage audiences from start to finish.

November 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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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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