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  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Although The Reception boasts some moments of emotional truth, its small scale and claustrophobic atmosphere make it a tough sit despite its brief time. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Clever, racially and sexually provocative variation on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Their subtle, complex performances could put far more experienced and better-known actors to shame. show more

  • 80
    Chuck Wilson L.A. Weekly

    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. show more

  • 70
    Mark Holcomb Village Voice

    A fresh and uncompromising account of emotional self-immolation and romantic flux. And it has a happy ending to boot. show more

  • 70
    Lawrence Van Gelder The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Superb emotional thesping complements script's measured restraint. show more

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