Garden Party Synopsis
A teenager falls in with confused youths who are chasing their dreams in L.A.
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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...
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50

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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50

Variety

Isn't racy enough to warrant the word of mouth necessary to make pic a sensation with its generation, the way the unrelated...
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50

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...
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42

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...
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38

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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33

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...
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25

Premiere

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The leaden performances (Erik Scott Smith is the worst offender), the unlistenable musical interludes, the amateurish caricatures, and the...
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20

Village Voice

Trivial, commercially calculated ensemble drama (porn! pot! rock music!), which plays like a non-musical "Rent," or a faux-edgy "Shortbus"...
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12

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A slow ride to nowhere.
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