Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. The film knows how absurd this is, yet its triumph is that, by the end, we're actually rooting for Mary to see the library as her salvation.
  2. 80
    The movie is poppy, clever and more than enjoyable, but Posey is something else altogether. She's a revelation.
  3. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Party Girl, which director and co-writer Mayer made for less than $1 million, is hip and contemporary without being archly so.
  4. 75
    What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The cast is uniformly excellent - particularly the relentlessly effervescent Posey and the imperious Sasha von Scherler, the director's mother - and the modern take on old-fashioned romantic comedy is surprisingly effective.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Appelo
    This coming-of-age movie is the sweetest, frothiest fantasy in some time. [28 Jul 1995]
  7. Party Girl has the courage of its own no-braininess.
  8. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    Party Girl strives only to be as fun and lighthearted as its namesake.
  9. 50
    It's a showcase leading role for Parker Posey, who obviously has the stuff, and generates wacky charm. But the movie never pulls itself together.
  10. If Party Girl weren't so contrived, and if Posey didn't exude such cold hauteur, all of that might have worked.
  11. When Party Girl isn't being silly, it tries to be endearing and socially redeeming, and to a good degree succeeds.
  12. Party Girl aspires to be a mid-90's answer to the Susan Seidelman movies "Smithereens" and "Desperately Seeking Susan." Although it has some of the same frothy energy, it has no real story to tell.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    This trifle about a dizzy downtown New York scenester who gets a grip on her life is energized by several attractive characters and enough youthful pep to put it over as an upbeat diversion for teens and twentysomethings, though it has no more substance than bubblegum music.
  14. This exudes trendiness at regular intervals, and otherwise manages to be reasonably charming about Manhattan's melting pot culture, but my general response was still "Wake me when it's over."
  15. Through it all, actress Posey strikes attitudes and preens across the glib surface of the film, and though her campy excesses are tolerable for a brief time, the performance becomes an exercise in overkill. [13 Oct 1995]
  16. there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]

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