Dinner Rush (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dinner Rush (2001)



Critic Consensus: With the aid of a witty script and a well-acted ensemble, Dinner Rush is a tasty dish.

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Movie Info

Louis attempts to turn his family-owned Italian restaurant, Gigino Trattoria, into a popular TriBeCa hot spot, with the help of his son, head chef Udo.more
Rating: R (for language, some violence and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Shaughnessy, Brian S. Kalata
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
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Vivian Wu
as Nicole
Polly Draper
as Natalie
Mark Margolis
as Fitzgerald
Sophie Comet
as Food Nymph
Walt MacPherson
as Det. Drurry
Ajay Naidu
as Ademir
Manny Perez
as Gabriel
Lexie Sperduto
as Lucy Clemente
Roma Torre
as Herself
David Diaz
as Himself
Ellen McElduff
as Ellen Drury
Zainab Jah
as Adrian
Gabriel Jiminez
as Pasta Chef
Luigi Celentano
as Line Chef
Jonathen Chodash
as Black-Out Customer
Ted Koch
as Bar Patron
Doreen Dunlap
as Bar Patron
Julie Zeger
as Baby's Mother
David Phillips
as Baby's Father
Marcus Shenkenberg
as Male Customer
Jennifer Chambers
as Female Customer
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Critic Reviews for Dinner Rush

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (21)

Fiery energy, swift, character-driven chitchat and a tough, upbeat sense of how the world works.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Aiello is perfect as the low-key Louis, and there is not a weak link in his entire supporting cast.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There are enough plots here to challenge a Robert Altman, specialist in interlocking stories, but the director, Bob Giraldi, masters the complexities as if he knows the territory.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Benefits enormously from Aiello's down-to-earth magnificence.

Full Review… | December 28, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's not Big Night, but there's much worth tasting here.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Dinner Rush has the attention to frantic detail and hustling spirit that adds necessary sizzle to restaurant films.

Full Review… | December 20, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dinner Rush


The actors here deserve more than three stars, the plot just two. I found this just barely above passable for interesting. This movie is about nothing surrounding some art, mafia ties, a few murders, and a little sex at the working place. None of it extremely memorable.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Mike McGlone, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett, Kirk Acevedo, Summer Phoenix, Polly Draper, Jamie Harris, Mark Margolis

Director: Bob Giraldi

Summary: Louis (Danny Aiello) is an aging bookie and restaurateur who's bemoaning the transformation of Giginos -- his restaurant in the TriBeCa area of New York City -- from a down-to-earth, mom-and-pop Italian eatery to a pretentious, see-and-be-seen establishment. To make matters worse, Louis's son Udo (Edoardo Ballerini), a talented chef, wants to take over the restaurant ... as do a pair of thugs who murdered Louis's partner.

My Thoughts: "I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It's not one I planned on seeing. But I am glad I did. There's only a handful of actor's in this that are recognizable for me, but there is great acting by every lead and supporting actor in this. There are many characters in this movie and the director does a great job at playing off of all of them. It's an impressive weaved story. I am still surprised by the ending since I didn't see it coming. It's not your average mob story, but one I enjoyed from start to finish. "


Super Reviewer

Louis Cropa: You know they say revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
Gary Lieberman: Served.
Louis Cropa: What?
Gary Lieberman: Yes sir. Served cold.

A small indie comedy involving a restaraunt and mobsters. Mainly about one long night in a popular New York restaraunt, where we see all sorts of people, the jerks, a critic, chefs, cooks, waiters, and some mob goombas. The food shown being made looks great, and it's hard to see without becoming hungry. A fun movie with some quirks to make it better along the way.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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