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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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    88
    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]
  3. 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.
  4. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    63
    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. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle directed by Alan Rudolph, a wildly uneven filmmaker who's happily at the top of his form in this offbeat drama.
  6. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    60
    The movie is as smooth and deadening as a quart of old whiskey, and every bit as depressing as it was meant to be. But why do it at all? [23 Nov. 1994]
  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:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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

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