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Anger, desire, and jealousy fuel a bitter family reunion in this independent drama. Martin (Wayne Lamont Sims) is an artist stuck deep in a creative rut who lives in a small but comfortable home in upstate New York with Jeannette (Pamela Holden Stewart), a French émigré who has a sizable nest egg. Martin and Jeannette have an alternately warm and deeply dysfunctional relationship, and it might seem like a marriage to some if it were not for the fact Martin is gay. One day, Jeannette gets an unexpected visit from her daughter Sierra (Margaret Burkwit), who has not been on friendly terms with… More
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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