The Party

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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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Cast & Crew

Bruno Ganz
Gottfried
Sally Potter
Screenwriter
Jim Reeve
Executive Producer
Robert A. Halmi
Executive Producer
John Giwa-Amu
Executive Producer
Aleksei Rodionov
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Anders Refn
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Emilie Orsini
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Critic Reviews for The Party

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (29)

  • We're in great company and the story's physical confines don't restrict its range or ambitions. As well as dissecting a 30-year marriage, Potter's script takes in the state of Britain today.

    April 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Potter's comic dissection of the London intelligentsia's personal and political angst is completely of the moment.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With a cast like this, "The Party" should have been a delicious romp. Instead, it's over before it gets started.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's not entirely satisfying but Potter delivers a darkly delicious comedy of manners.

    March 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Party

  • Jun 07, 2018
    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
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2018
    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.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2017
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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