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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance is so incredible that witnessing it is reason enough to take a look at this movie.
  2. 88
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a top-notch movie. Everything is in place -- a striking lead performance, solid supporting players, a well-written script, and, above all, expert direction to merge the ingredients.
  3. Mrs. Parker is a comedy even though it's sad, and a sort of tragedy even though it's funny, with such foggy borders between the two that pathos and humor seem to smear all over each other, like makeup running with tears. [23 Dec 1994, p.N]
  4. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a bunch of bon mots in search of a larger theme. Happily, the mots are so very bon that the two hours breeze by quickly enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Director Alan Rudolph has certainly done his part, leading a colorful parade of Jazz Age editors, essayists and playwrights in arguably one too many directions - easily surpassing The Moderns, his '20s-expatriate companion piece. [25 Nov 1994, p.4D]
  6. Directed by Alan Rudolph and co-scripted by him with Randy Sue Coburn, Mrs. Parker is a real odd duck of a movie. It seems to have been made both as tribute and put-down. The sporty conviviality of the Algonquin Round Table is celebrated, and yet there's a hollowness to the confabs.[21 Dec 1994, p.4]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    Jennifer Jason Leigh's draggy performance as Parker is all studied accent (something vaguely mid- Atlantic but never before heard on Earth) and equally studied self-pity and it cannot sustain our sympathy, or our interest in this inept film.

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Score distribution:
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  1. SteveT.
    Mar 3, 2008
    9
    Like observing an ancient insect trapped in amber; it's a gleaming jewel from the distant past. Those of us who read Benchley and Broun Like observing an ancient insect trapped in amber; it's a gleaming jewel from the distant past. Those of us who read Benchley and Broun and Parker as youngsters will be amazed at the way Rudolph has edited his film. The bons mots come at us as if shot from a machine gun. Expand