• Released
  • July 15, 2005
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
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The Reception Synopsis
A woman (Pamela Holden Stewart) receives a visit from her estranged daughter (Margaret Burkwit).
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Chuck Wilson
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...
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70

Village Voice

By Mark Holcomb
A fresh and uncompromising account of emotional self-immolation and romantic flux. And it has a happy ending to boot.
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70

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Superb emotional thesping complements script's measured restraint.
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70

The New York Times

By Lawrence Van Gelder
It's an intimate chamber piece, dialogue-heavy and at times claustrophobic, but the four central characters are so deftly sketched, and...
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Clever, racially and sexually provocative variation on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Their subtle, complex performances could put far more experienced and better-known actors to shame.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Although The Reception boasts some moments of emotional truth, its small scale and claustrophobic atmosphere make it a tough sit despite...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama.
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Rated NR