The Reception
The Reception (2005)

After a long time apart, a daughter travels with her new husband to meet her mother and her mother's gay companion at their house in upstate New York. Through a series of drunken evenings and daytime squabbles, it becomes apparent that… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 15, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Handsome and perceptive, The Reception serves as a reminder that it is possible to make a polished, worldly and witty adult entertainment on a modest budget.

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Dana Stevens
New York Times

With its direct and nuanced treatment of the complexities of racial prejudice, sexual orientation and addiction, The Reception is a quietly ambitious and memorable film.

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Cole Smithey

Digitally filmed on a shoestring budget, "The Reception" is an ugly-looking movie occupied by artificial characters going through the motions of familial unrest and gay attraction.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

It's fine stuff, beautifully played, but there's no denying that viewers will have to be patient with this 80-minute chamber piece.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Casting, acting, pacing and storytelling are all expertly done and the film technically is an eye-pleaser.

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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

Never maudlin.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Terrifically acted and beautifully shot on digital video...The Reception is in many ways quite an indie accomplishment.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...a rewarding and engaging 75-minute chamber piece.

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Walter M.
In "The Reception", Jeanette(Pamela Stewart) and Martin(Wayne Lamont Sims) live on 300 acres in upstate New York but it's not really what you… More