In the Soup (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Soup (1992)



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Alexandre Rockwell's quirky autobiographical comedy stars Steve Buscemi as Adolpho Rollo, a would-be screenwriter who is obsessed with getting his 500-page script "Unconditional Surrender" produced. Desperate for money, he places an ad for financial backing, which is answered by con man Joe (Seymour Cassel). The film was shot in color, but was released theatrically in black & white. Both verisions eventually made their way to home video release.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alexandre Rockwell, Tim Kissell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
Academy Entertainment


Steve Buscemi
as Aldolpho Rollo
Sully Boyar
as Old Man
Carol Kane
as Barbara
Stanley Tucci
as Gregoire
Philip Frank Messina
as Bafardi Brother
Ruth Malaczech
as Mrs. Rollo
Paul Herman
as Rent-A-Car Clerk
Richard Boes
as Nietzche
Mike Anderson
as Little Man
Jaime Sánchez
as Uncle Teo
Steve Randazzo
as Louis Bafardi
Ruth Maleczech
as Adolpho's Mom
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Critic Reviews for In the Soup

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

A charming pipsqueak of a movie, a playful film of ragged and shaggy appeal.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Rockwell's wonderfully unassuming movie throws a big hug around youthful ambition, b/w filmstock, and the glowing screen charisma of Cassel. An unheralded gem.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A droll, self-conscious fable with an unexpected heart of gold ...

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

[Actor] Cassel seems to be a variation on the noble/foolish hero played by Ben Gazzara in Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, but you certainly don't have to know this source to respond to Cassel's enormous funds of charm and charisma.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because of the generally poor quality of character development, I just didn't care about how things resolved themselves. A strong ending might have redeemed something from this mess, but it was not to be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

There isn't enough one could say about the casting in this film -- it's simply perfect. The story is elevated by the chemistry and sense of improvisation between Buscemi and Cassel.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for In the Soup

entertaining and funny movie about a person who wrote a script and his ventures of trying to get it made.

Mike N.
Mike N.

If quirky fun is for you, so is this movie. From about :10 in, one becomes nearly anxious to see how it ends. Bonus: Jim Jarmusch. Seen: B&W version. Ownable.


There was nothing amusing or even mildly interesting about this movie. This has to be one of Steve Buscemi's lifeless performances. Seymour Cassel's character is eccentric, but he is eccentric for the sake of being eccentric. This is a completely forgettable movie.

J Carlisle

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