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  • 38
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's familiar stuff if you've sampled the vast body of work devoted to LA-dammerung. show more

  • 25

    The leaden performances (Erik Scott Smith is the worst offender), the unlistenable musical interludes, the amateurish caricatures, and the short stories' lack of overall cohesion make this a garden party you should take a rain check on. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A slow ride to nowhere. show more

  • 75
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    More a collection of character vignettes than a full-blown story, Garden Party nonetheless shows as much promise for its makers as it gives to its characters. show more

  • 42
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Whether or not Garden Party is an accurate portrait of the shadow L.A. culture where the young, pretty and desperate can find quick rent money, this low-budget production never engages with its characters or stories enough to make you care either way. show more

  • 50
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Although competently acted and directed, lacks a fresh point of view and its people lack individuality. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Whatever else it may accomplish, Garden Party, which is clumsily structured but well acted, with pungently realistic dialogue, puts you in a world without a center in which you can't tell upside down from right-side up. show more

  • 50

    Isn't racy enough to warrant the word of mouth necessary to make pic a sensation with its generation, the way the unrelated disaffected-twentysomething hit "Garden State" was. show more

  • 20
    Village Voice

    Trivial, commercially calculated ensemble drama (porn! pot! rock music!), which plays like a non-musical "Rent," or a faux-edgy "Shortbus" for kids raised on "American Pie." show more

  • 33
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Taken together, these stories are a symphony of inconsequentiality, drained of tension and purpose until all that remains is a vague sense of collective ennui. show more

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