Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
Jennifer Jason Leigh offers an acclaimed performance as humorist Dorothy Parker, who together with such 1920s luminaries as Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman, was a charter member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table. The story is related in flashback form, as Mrs. Parker, in Hollywood to cowrite the 1937 feature A Star is Born with her second husband Alan Campbell (Peter Gallagher), recalls her glory days as an Algonquinite. A great deal of attention is afforded Parker's vituperative bon mots, her alcoholism, her self-destructiveness, her suicide attempts, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly absorbing but naggingly patchy look at the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker and her cohorts at the legendary Algonquin Round Table."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The Dorothy Parker that Leigh and Rudolph present isn't one-dimensional. In addition to being savagely funny, she is also capable of great elegance and genuine insight."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Only Alan Rudolph could make these people dull."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"All of the performers are up for it, at turns witty and bright, clever and funny, tart and tragic."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Absolutely superb."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"What a wonderful, detailed portrait. And what an evocation of a time and a mood. "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle'' is truly one of those films that inhabits its own world."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A great ensemble helps to cut through a fairly stuffy narrative."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
""Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" has its flaws, but it also has a heartfelt grasp of what set Dorothy Parker apart from her fellow revelers and makes her so emblematic a figure even today."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Rudolph's effort to dramatize the life of the acerbic writer is dissatisfying due to shallow script that offers only a sketchy look, and Jennfer Jason Leigh's stiff rendition further hampered by arch accent; it's all black-and-white style and no drama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Demonstrates how even highly gifted people can bring themselves down"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice