Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) (1994)

The life of acclaimed writer Dorothy Parker and her involvement with the legendary Algonquin round-table is chronicled in this bio-pic. Parker was best known for her theatrical and literary reviews, her acidic poetry, and her screenplays.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 23, 1994
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

A highly absorbing but naggingly patchy look at the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker and her cohorts at the legendary Algonquin Round Table.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The Dorothy Parker that Leigh and Rudolph present isn't one-dimensional. In addition to being savagely funny, she is also capable of great elegance and genuine insight.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Only Alan Rudolph could make these people dull.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Absolutely superb.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

What a wonderful, detailed portrait. And what an evocation of a time and a mood. "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle'' is truly one of those films that inhabits its own world.

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Scott Weinberg

A great ensemble helps to cut through a fairly stuffy narrative.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

"Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" has its flaws, but it also has a heartfelt grasp of what set Dorothy Parker apart from her fellow revelers and makes her so emblematic a figure even today.

Emanuel Levy

Rudolph's effort to dramatize the life of the acerbic writer is dissatisfying due to shallow script that offers only a sketchy look, and Jennfer Jason Leigh's stiff rendition further hampered by arch accent; it's all black-and-white style and no drama.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Demonstrates how even highly gifted people can bring themselves down

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Good enough to watch a second go.
Anthony Valletta
Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a great performance as one of my favorite writers.
Alec Barniskis
A unconventional biopic featuring an even more unconventional performance by Leigh. It may not give you a great sense of specific facts or details about the… More
cody franklin
Not a bad flix. You definatly get the feel for the time but I wanted more. I wanted to know more of the characters in the circle and what happened to them over… More
Bill Cavros
A movie a bout a life that really needs to be told, sadly this movie focuses on the torrid affairs like some grocery store rag and when Leigh speaks you really… More