Peter's Friends
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This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill (1983), was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton (Stephen Fry), who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew (Branagh), who has married Carol (Rita Rudner), the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson), who thinks she may be in love with Peter; Roger (Hugh Laurie) and Mary (Imelda Staunton), a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Peter's Friends won't win over anyone looking for depth - as drama, it's pure popcorn - but the vignettes are swept along by Branagh's richly theatrical temperament and by the exuberant wit of the cast."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Although it addresses AIDS more directly than many films have, it remains a lightweight entertainment, enjoyable mostly for the fun of hearing arch, skillful actors deliver droll remarks."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"stephen fry is a great actor, and should act more"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Great British comedy."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Brilliant cast, above-average wit"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"Many of the lines and the shadings brought to them by these expert performers are good for some laughs, and pic has plenty of energy, but it can't be taken as seriously as it wants to be."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If film is basically a voyeuristric medium, then one of the questions that might be asked about "Peter's Friends" is: Would we like to be one of these friends, and attend such a reunion ourselves? I would."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a surprisingly entertaining little flick that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly stellar performances..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"lively and hilarious"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Why does this genre endure, and why does it attract actors of the caliber of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson?"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Most will guess the pay-off, but it's an amiable enterprise."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A terrific ensemble, breath of fresh air for Branagh"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Surprisingly charming comedy."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Some witty humor and amusing characters, but suffocates from the weight of its own pretentiousness."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
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