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  • Summary: Set in Manhattan's fashionable Chelsea district, amidst the neighborhood's large and varied gay population, The Event is an intricately structured inquiry into one man's death that becomes a celebration of his life. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. 90
    A very important film that is as sad as it is uplifting. After viewing it you may just have a whole new appreciation for life.
  2. Has such quiet power that it is actually not depressing, and the cast follows suit with Dukakis, Carver and Posey, rising to the occasion.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    58
    Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Middling drama about euthanasia, worked out through a sprawl of underdeveloped characters.
  5. It's a movie about a nice guy with a lot of friends who dies. It's not really about the wider tragedy the film aspires to represent.
  6. 38
    Dukakis gets off some of the film's best lines and keeps the worst from sinking the whole affair; Polley's role is limited, but her character's audition for a feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    20
    Shot on crummy DV and told via flashbacks, the film largely plays out like a Reagan-era "Citizen Kane." Common sense wrecks even the film's funniest bit, and the director's nausea-inducing camera observes the hysteria in perpetual pan-and-scan.

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