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Canadian filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald directs the sentimental ensemble drama The Event. Nick (Parker Posey) is a district attorney investigating several deaths in the gay community of New York City's Chelsea District. It seems that many AIDS sufferers have died under similar mysterious circumstances. Each case suggest the use of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York. HIV-infected cellist Matt (Don McKellar) has died of a drug overdose following a large party in Manhattan given by his family and friends. Nick first questions his lover Brian (Brent Carver), who runs an HIV support… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"To make a movie in 2003, one that centers around AIDS but ignores the epidemic's current culprit, Africa, and toys melodramatically with scenarios steeped in the filmmakers' selfish nostalgia without any real point, is to ask us not to think at all."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm its emotion."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The superb performances by Olympia Dukakis and Don McKellar are what make this film rise above its limited but well-meaning script."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Most of the characters have no real life beyond representing various viewpoints."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An obviously well-intended, brutally earnest work which nonetheless repeatedly shoots itself in the foot through sheer ineptitude."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The performances of Olympia Dukakis as Matt's mother and Sarah Polley as his sister elevate The Event from melodramatic claptrap to sensitive drama."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"Fails equally as lament and celebration."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"[Deals] with extremely serious themes in a frank, honest and often humorous way."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The tedious film just plays out far too long with little new to say."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"The intricate structure of the movie is well handled but its world is a stifling capsule. Dukakis is in a zone!"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here. Is that last item a curious thing to say about a film with such a weighty agenda? Exactly."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"Parker Posey and Olympia Dukakis lend their talents to an AIDS suicide film - it has its moments, but the death rattle comes from the genre, not from the central character."
‑ David Foucher, EDGE Boston
"The conversation about euthanasia is a good one to have, no argument here, so go have it instead."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"content with its own limited horizons"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
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