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The breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.
Ending well before 9/11, the film may offer a quaint enough portrait of politics as usual at the turn of the new century, though one that hardly seems helpful in the face of the world's new realities.
Apart from the obvious problem that findings from this period are already dated, the scatter-shot approach of filmmakers Donovan Leitch and Rebecca Chaiklin gives too many issues too little time.
If it accomplishes anything at all -- and it's dubious -- The Party's Over proves what a fragmentalized, incompetent and inarticulate thing the Left in this country has become.
Highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but also frustrating -- which, ultimately, might be the point.
Those seeking anything resembling a real discussion of the issues had best seek elsewhere.
It's not that their arguments don't have weight, but by throwing out the balance, the filmmakers undermine their own position badly.
Its everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to liberal politics is its undoing.
Leitch's previous foray into political documentary, the sloppy, anarchic 'The Last Party' was overwhelmed by the juvenile antics of its host, Robert Downey Jr., Hoffman establishes a more sober tone, though the new film isn't without its lighter moments.
While it's interesting enough, this social soiree could've used more planning.
Hoffman's presence as a familiar face gives us a personality to latch onto, that of the man whose support in countless fictional films we relied upon.
An amazingly candid and insightful look at the contemporary American political process.
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