The Anniversary Party
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
The Anniversary Party
In this Dogma 95-inspired first feature for acclaimed performers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, the two star as Joe and Sally Therrian, a couple who have recently reconciled after a yearlong separation, and who decide to throw a sixth anniversary party in their honor. They invite a bevy of Hollywood types, including Skye Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow), a young, beautiful, Ecstasy-pushing actress appointed to play a character based on Sally in the new feature film based on Joe's successful novel. Also featured are Cal and Sophia Gold (played by real-life marrieds Kevin Kline and Phoebe… More
Trailer

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too formlessly turgid."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The result is something like being stuck at an audition for someone else's play, which you haven't read, won't invest in, and don't care too much about."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"As first film, it suffers from problems of most movies directed by actors: Big emotional scenes and indulgent acting, but it has some moments of truth"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Intenso e fascinante, o filme se apóia inteiramente no imenso talento de seu elenco e é recompensado com atuações absolutamente irretocáveis - e é claro que a dupla de diretores merece créditos por isto."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Focusing on the relationship between Sally and Joe ... The Anniversary Party reveals itself as a devastating parable about love, unfolding much like a stage play."
‑ Rachel Deahl, Boxoffice Magazine
"The acting is what makes this picture worth framing."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"What distinguishes The Anniversary Party from the movies/lives that inspired it is the dead-on quality of much of the writing and acting."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"...because Cumming and Leigh avoid most (though not all) of the easy choices common to first-time writers and directors, the movie stays on the right side of entertaining."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"A raw yet relaxed film buff's film... a wittier, recast version of one of your own dinner parties, with enough high drama to keep the guests talking for quite a while."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Unfortunately, more often than not it settles for the bright Yuppie banter ... you would expect of this bunch of characters."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The best thing that one can say about The Anniversary Party is that it raises more questions about its central characters than it can possibly answer -- which may weaken it as a drama but not as a search for truth."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"If digital looks like this and makes it possible for such funny and intimate chamber pieces to come into existence, then bring on the digital movies."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Co-directors Jason Leigh and Cummings have delivered an uncharacteristically smart comedy with surprising dramatic turns and excellent performances across the board."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"An encouraging sign, both for the potential of low-budget, digital video movie-making and for the potential of talented actors to bring fresh ideas to the other side of the camera."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
More reviews for The Anniversary Party on Rotten Tomatoes