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After a long time apart, a daughter travels with her new husband to meet her mother and her mother's gay companion at their house in upstate New York. Through a series of drunken evenings and daytime squabbles, it becomes apparent that no one involved is what they seem.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Handsome and perceptive, The Reception serves as a reminder that it is possible to make a polished, worldly and witty adult entertainment on a modest budget."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"With its direct and nuanced treatment of the complexities of racial prejudice, sexual orientation and addiction, The Reception is a quietly ambitious and memorable film."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"Digitally filmed on a shoestring budget, "The Reception" is an ugly-looking movie occupied by artificial characters going through the motions of familial unrest and gay attraction."
‑ Cole Smithey,
" feeling like we've been cheated out of fuller characters, "The Reception" doesn't make its intended impact."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The dialog and the performances are smarter than your typical soap opera, but this earns a lukewarm reception from me."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"It's fine stuff, beautifully played, but there's no denying that viewers will have to be patient with this 80-minute chamber piece."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Casting, acting, pacing and storytelling are all expertly done and the film technically is an eye-pleaser."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"We're cold on this Reception."
‑ , E! Online
"there's no mistaking the script's irksome thinness"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Never maudlin."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"Terrifically acted and beautifully shot on digital video...The Reception is in many ways quite an indie accomplishment."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a rewarding and engaging 75-minute chamber piece."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera, but it's a relatively sophisticated and occasionally affecting one."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"[P]uts the greatest emphasis and care into the one aspect that no budget in the megamillions could have fixed: the script...."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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