The Reception


Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    It's fine stuff, beautifully played, but there's no denying that viewers will have to be patient with this 80-minute chamber piece, the first third of which feels cold and false, only to suddenly shift into unexpectedly deep emotional territory.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Superb emotional thesping complements script's measured restraint.
  3. 70
    A fresh and uncompromising account of emotional self-immolation and romantic flux. And it has a happy ending to boot.
  4. It's an intimate chamber piece, dialogue-heavy and at times claustrophobic, but the four central characters are so deftly sketched, and their shifting alliances so intricately choreographed, that the film never feels talky or staged. The actors are consistently excellent.
  5. 63
    Clever, racially and sexually provocative variation on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
  6. Their subtle, complex performances could put far more experienced and better-known actors to shame.
  7. Although The Reception boasts some moments of emotional truth, its small scale and claustrophobic atmosphere make it a tough sit despite its brief time.
  8. Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama.

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