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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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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 (83) | Top Critics (18)

Potter's script is deft, breezing along quickly. The comedy is low-key and of a more intellectual than physical variety.

February 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Patricia Clarkson] has seldom been in a vehicle so witty and cerebral as Sally Potter's drawing-room comedy.

February 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Potter has assembled all the makings of an acid-bath of a social satire but somehow avoids the killing blow.

February 22, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Shot in a glossy, appealing black-and-white and filmed in a single location, The Party generates a pressure cooker atmosphere.

February 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Potter's cast never overstays its welcome, giving us plenty to think - and talk - about, and in a scant 71 minutes.

February 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Potter's movie may be too small to leave a substantial legacy. But you can't take your eyes off it as ace actors, led by a deliciously acerbic Patricia Clarkson, serve up hilarious verbal fireworks that knock the wind out of you.

February 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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