The Party's Over
The Party's Over (2001)

Actors and political activists come together to take a long, hard look at the State of the Union during the 2000 U.S. Presidential election in this documentary, a follow-up to 1993's The Last Party, in which actor Robert Downey Jr.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 2, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.

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John Anderson

If it accomplishes anything at all -- and it's dubious -- The Party's Over proves what a fragmentalized, incompetent and inarticulate thing the Left in this country has become.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's not that their arguments don't have weight, but by throwing out the balance, the filmmakers undermine their own position badly.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Ending well before 9/11, the film may offer a quaint enough portrait of politics as usual at the turn of the new century, though one that hardly seems helpful in the face of the world's new realities.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but also frustrating -- which, ultimately, might be the point.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Its everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to liberal politics is its undoing.

Megan Lehmann
New York Post

Apart from the obvious problem that findings from this period are already dated, the scatter-shot approach of filmmakers Donovan Leitch and Rebecca Chaiklin gives too many issues too little time.

Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly

Those seeking anything resembling a real discussion of the issues had best seek elsewhere.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Leitch's previous foray into political documentary, the sloppy, anarchic 'The Last Party' was overwhelmed by the juvenile antics of its host, Robert Downey Jr., Hoffman establishes a more sober tone, though the new film isn't without its lighter moments.

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