Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
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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