Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
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.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Although competently acted and directed, lacks a fresh point of view and its people lack individuality.
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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.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
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.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
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.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's familiar stuff if you've sampled the vast body of work devoted to LA-dammerung.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
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.
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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.
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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."
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A slow ride to nowhere.
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31 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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