In the Soup Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2013
A charming pipsqueak of a movie, a playful film of ragged and shaggy appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 12, 2006
Though not great, it's easily Rockwell's best work, a playful film with darkly comic twists, played out nicely by Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel, who's over-the-top but the film allows that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Yes, it's an old story that has been told a thousand times before and since, but Alexandre Rockwell's little film has a home movie charm and a streetwise wit that make it a must-see sleeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A droll, self-conscious fable with an unexpected heart of gold ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2003
Beals has taken a strange route since Flashdance, arriving here as the object of Buscemi's desire, but it's Cassel's hood with a heart who steals the spotlight and all the best lines.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In the Soup's charm is based in its humor, in its odd bits of business that happen in the margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
[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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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