The Anniversary Party
The Anniversary Party (2001)

Taking place over the course of one night, The Anniversary Party is a serio-comic, sometimes scathing inspection of a group of friends. Joe and Sally Therrian have a party to celebrate several important junctures in their marriage: their… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 8, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This Party features a killer cast and many funny scenes, but the movie feels like nothing more than an excuse for the actors to emote.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Too formlessly turgid.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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James Berardinelli

The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

What distinguishes The Anniversary Party from the movies/lives that inspired it is the dead-on quality of much of the writing and acting.

Mark Bourne

...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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
I really liked it the first time I saw it. Not so much the second time.
Leo L
A favorite!
Joseph Eastmond
This is what happens when you let just anyone direct films...films like these.
Sunil Jawahir
There's something quite unusual about this movie. It's like the Big Chill for the new millenium.