The Event
The Event (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 3, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm its emotion.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The superb performances by Olympia Dukakis and Don McKellar are what make this film rise above its limited but well-meaning script.

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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News

The performances of Olympia Dukakis as Matt's mother and Sarah Polley as his sister elevate The Event from melodramatic claptrap to sensitive drama.

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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

Fails equally as lament and celebration.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

[Deals] with extremely serious themes in a frank, honest and often humorous way.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

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.

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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly

Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover.

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David Foucher
EDGE Boston

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.

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A New York DA is investigating a suspicious suicide in the city's gay community. The movie turns into a debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide.… More