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315 Ratings

Dinner at Eight

Directed by George Cukor
United States, 1933
Comedy, Drama


Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

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Dinner at Eight Directed by George Cukor

Critics reviews

While the film initially showcases the quick repartee and exaggerated facial expressions of the era’s comedies, it quickly becomes a complex social satire which concerns itself with an array of human frailties—and which remains strikingly of the moment.
November 30, 2016
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Director George Cukor was never less visually imaginative than in this film—nearly all of it plays out in static medium shots (an exception given to the contrasting sequences involving the lavish introduction of Jean Harlow and John Barrymore’s expressionistic downfall)—but he sensibly plays to the cast’s strengths, and as such the picture is carried by the exceptional performances, with Burke, Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler stealing the show.
January 15, 2016
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