The Anniversary Party

2001

The Anniversary Party

Critics 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.

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Movie Info

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 sixth anniversary, their decision to start a family and their reconciliation after a yearlong separation. They have invited their closest friends, their past and current temptations, and (to avoid a lawsuit) their contentious neighbors. An unexpected gift sends the party spiraling out of control and unleashes an explosion of painful confessions. The celebration becomes a scorching dissection of a marriage on the brink.

Cast

Alan Cumming
as Joe Therrian
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Skye Davidson
Kevin Kline
as Cal Gold
Phoebe Cates
as Sophia Gold
Jane Adams (II)
as Clair Forsyth
John C. Reilly
as Mac Forsyth
Parker Posey
as Judy Adams
Denis O'Hare
as Ryan Rose
Mina Badie
as Monica Rose
Jennifer Beals
as Gina Taylor
Matt Malloy
as Sanford Jewison
Michael Panes
as Levi Panes
Steven Freedman
as Yoga Instructor
Owen Kline
as Jack Gold
Greta Kline
as Evie Gold
Molly Bryant
as Party Guest
Michael G. Carroll
as Party Guest
Craig Chester
as Party Guest
Jessica Queller
as Party Guest
W. Reed Jr.
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Anniversary Party

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (44)

  • Too formlessly turgid.

    Jul 27, 2001 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • The acting is what makes this picture worth framing.

    Jun 26, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 25, 2001 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Jun 22, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • What distinguishes The Anniversary Party from the movies/lives that inspired it is the dead-on quality of much of the writing and acting.

    Jun 22, 2001
  • 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.

    Jun 22, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Anniversary Party

  • Dec 23, 2009
    This is what happens when you let just anyone direct films...films like these.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2009
    Don't let the fact that the title contains the word "party" fool you.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2008
    There's something quite unusual about this movie. It's like the Big Chill for the new millenium.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2006
    I really liked it the first time I saw it. Not so much the second time.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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