Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Synopsis
Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and other writers make the most of 1920s New York life.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Mrs. Parker is a comedy even though it's sad, and a sort of tragedy even though it's funny, with such foggy borders between the two that...
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TV Guide

Director Alan Rudolph and producer Robert Altman combine forces to create a quiet, intelligent film about Dorothy Parker.
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By James Berardinelli
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a top-notch movie. Everything is in place -- a striking lead performance, solid supporting players, a...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The great achievement of Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is that it allows us to empathize with Dorothy Parker on her...
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
With his co-writer, Randy Sue Coburn, and composer Mark Isham, director Alan Rudolph has created a sense of time and place that...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though many of Parker's well- known wisecracks make their way into the screenplay, Mrs. Parker ultimately does not give us the Dorothy...
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Alan Rudolph's beautifully burnished, heartache-filled evocation of Dorothy Parker and her Algonquin Round Tablemates bites off a bit more...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Director Alan Rudolph has certainly done his part, leading a colorful parade of Jazz Age editors, essayists and playwrights in arguably one...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
For a while, the atmosphere seems just right. As Mrs. Parker goes on, it becomes apparent that the one-liners, droll as some of them are,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film wants to make a case for Parker as the first modern woman. It gets the look and the attitude right, but it can't find her heart.
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