Dinner at Eight
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Based on the Broadway hit by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Dinner at Eight is a near-flawless comedy/drama with an all-star cast at the peak of their talents. Social butterfly Mrs. Oliver Jordan (Billie Burke) arranges a dinner party that will benefit the busines of her husband (Lionel Barrymore). Among the invited are a crooked executive (Wallace Beery), who is in the process of ruining Jordan; his wife (Jean Harlow), who is carrying on an affair with a doctor (Edmund Lowe); a fading matinee idol (John Barrymore), who has squandered his fortune on liquor and is romantically involved with… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"It's a little rough around the edges, but the performances from these legendary actors really make this movie worthy of your time"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Taking advantage of MGM's talent pool, George Cukor directed this witty 1933 comedy with a big-gun cast that includes Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and Jean Harlow."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The dinner party that closes Dinner at Eight wouldn't feel like dancing at the end of the world without Renault's final gesture."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"the kind of smart, upscale adult comedy-drama that would never get made these days"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A deluxe flipbook of caricatures, a blatant pageant of studio thoroughbreds, a study of tuxedoed, bejeweled pretense"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Scintillating '30s comedy with an all-star cast and quip-happy script."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Each star has a memorable moment."
‑ , Film4
"A masterfully-directed comedy, Dinner at Eight (1933), filled with a tremendous cast of stars all invited"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Features a stellar cast of all-star MGM veterans who all know how to overact."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A sparkling script and game efforts from an all-star cast easily overcome the creakiness."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Feels like a very good, very entertaining movie, but Grand Hotel feels like something truly special. However, the good in Dinner at Eight is very good indeed."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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