(1995)

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83
The film knows how absurd this is, yet its triumph is that, by the end, we're actually rooting for Mary to see the library as her salvation.
75
What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.
75
The cast is uniformly excellent - particularly the relentlessly effervescent Posey and the imperious Sasha von Scherler, the director's mother - and the modern take on old-fashioned romantic comedy is surprisingly effective.
75
Portland Oregonian
This coming-of-age movie is the sweetest, frothiest fantasy in some time. [28 Jul 1995]
67
Party Girl strives only to be as fun and lighthearted as its namesake.
50
It's a showcase leading role for Parker Posey, who obviously has the stuff, and generates wacky charm. But the movie never pulls itself together.
50
If Party Girl weren't so contrived, and if Posey didn't exude such cold hauteur, all of that might have worked.
50
When Party Girl isn't being silly, it tries to be endearing and socially redeeming, and to a good degree succeeds.
38
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Through it all, actress Posey strikes attitudes and preens across the glib surface of the film, and though her campy excesses are tolerable for a brief time, the performance becomes an exercise in overkill. [13 Oct 1995]
25
Chicago Tribune
there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]

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