Dinner Rush Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2006

Set in a downtown restaurant, this is a small, well-acted (particularly by Danny Aiello) quintessentially New York film that recalls indie movies of the 1980s.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 29, 2003

Shares the heady, dizzying atmosphere that turns great meals into memorable events.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joshua Tanzer
March 11, 2003

A genre film, but it tries to tell a story from a different angle - not through tough guys and excessive violence but through a character-driven drama with several different perspectives.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003

This is an unusually patient and composed feature - it's solidly scripted, it knows where it's going and arrives there with a minimum of fuss.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
January 20, 2003

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

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2002

The conflict between the 'sausages and peppers' father and his 'lobster in shallot, champagne and vanilla bean sauce' son is just one of many juicy threads running through this Altman-esque banquet.

Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
October 2, 2002

'...beautifully captures the spirit and pace of a popular, bustling eating-house.'

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
July 20, 2002

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

Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic
April 14, 2002

A movie of rich specifics and stylistic creativity that clearly comes from the heart

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jamie Russell
March 18, 2002

It's as insubstantial as a plate of linguini, but very, very tasty.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 18, 2002

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 10, 2002

Not knowing its story is Dinner Rush's biggest failing--and frankly for as bad as that is, it could've been worse.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 3, 2002

A tasty bit of drama for the adult palate.

Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
December 28, 2001

A pleasingly light and mostly tasty dessert.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
December 28, 2001

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

Pam Grady
December 28, 2001

This is really the first [food movie] to capture the exhilaration of a kitchen sautéing on all cylinders.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 21, 2001

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

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 20, 2001

You can almost smell the garlic and feel the heat of the range.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
December 20, 2001

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

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 13, 2001

The story? Eh. But the food is amazing.

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