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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Celebration is founded on a cheeky display of cinephilic self-promotion."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Extraordinary...It is a celebration, not of a sham birthday party, but of the transformative power of truth."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"It's a fine line to walk, that between comedy and misery, but Vinterberg handles the balancing act magnificently."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Draws the viewer in with its immediacy, emotional rawness, and elements of surprise, shock and suspense."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"This is a Dogma-95 styled film, where the Danish filmmaker's group manifesto determines the rules for how the film is to be made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"gripping and devastatingly powerful"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A major triumph for the Dogme group, and a success from any point of view."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Watching the picture, it felt more like a cerebral experience, than a normal film."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"showcases excellent acting, a great screenplay, and new innovative cinematography that is exciting and exhausting at the same time"
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Best of the 'Dogme' fims, which isn't saying much, but there you go."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Pungent family drama, but thuddingly self-serious and wildly overpraised."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The Celebration is among one of the finest films ever made."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Vinterberg, while successfully holding his viewer's attention and moving his tale along with dispatch, doesn't here justify the unpleasantness with fresh insight."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
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