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We the Party Reviews

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Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
I have to admit there is something kind of disarming about its corny earnestness. Van Peebles clearly invested himself in the material, and damn it all if he wasn't going to wring that screenplay for all it was worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 5, 2012
How to resist a film in which one kid taunts another by quoting Mo'Nique's monologue from Precious?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2012
Despite its flashy cinematography and colorful sets, it contains a great deal that is serious about growing up in America today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
April 1, 2012
Unfolding like a 21st Century update of African-American coming-of-age classics House Party (1990) and Love Jones (1997), We the Party might very well come to serve as the seminal adventure capturing the angst and aspirations of the Millennial Generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2012
While We the Party can be insensitive, or blind, to the misogyny and homophobia of the general culture (the token gay teen is a finger-snapping, head-bobbing fashionista), it takes the issues of race and class quite seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 8, 2012
[VIDEO] There are a few moments during writer/director Mario Van Peebles's overly didactic high school drama when you can almost glimpse the good film buried beneath all the artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: c-
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 6, 2012
Every time it dabbles in real-world teen issues like sex and drugs, it returns to a fanciful high school where kids quote Nietzsche and play acoustic guitar on lunch breaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 6, 2012
Initially promising teen comedy-drama, featuring African-American kids not in the ghetto for once, soon undermines itself in a welter of clichés and empty gloss.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 6, 2012
Mario Van Peebles' self-produced project comes frustratingly close to his high-minded aims.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 6, 2012
Heavy-handed teen drama mixes moralizing and partying to uneven effect.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 6, 2012
A good-natured high school dramedy that borrows from many others...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
With the raunch of "American Pie" and the heart of an after-school special, the comedy turns out to be a lot less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 5, 2012
Van Peebleses ... populate the movie, and all are serviceable enough as actors; it would be nice to see them in less earnest, more original material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
A colorful but superficial mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 5, 2012
Joining two overweight characters in a relationship just to make a joke about them enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet hardly qualifies as progressive, intellectual comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 4, 2012
The pic feels like a quickie knockoff between major projects, offering the writer-director's handsome son Mandela and other younger Van Peebles loads of screentime.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
April 3, 2012
It's an uneasy mixture of crude yukking and mixed-message uplift that satisfies on neither level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
Van Peebles's heart is probably in the right place, but his attempt to wed his kids' generational moment to a classic coming-of-age template falters in its message-obsessed execution.
John Hazelton
Screen International
May 15, 2012
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
April 6, 2012
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