The Party

Critics 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 (154) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (125) | 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.

    Apr 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."

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

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

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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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