Feast of Love Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
A would-be-wistful dramedy that's almost insufferably full of itself.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 1, 2007
It's episodic and I'd say I liked about 60 percent of it and about 40 percent of it I could leave, but it's just enough for me to say it's worth seeing.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 28, 2007
At one point he tells a love-struck friend, 'I think I'd proceed with caution.' I'd proceed just as cautiously to the movie.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 28, 2007
Multiple narratives are fluidly interwoven and the writing is often inspired, resulting in dialogue that feels honest and insightful, if occasionally mannered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 28, 2007
Director Robert Benton finds an emotional through line in a format that might have easily broken down into a series of disconnected anecdotes with little to nourish us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 28, 2007
It's a worthy effort, even as it does fall short; a good meal but hardly a feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2007
There's a people-are-good feeling permeating the film, which is difficult to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 28, 2007
It seems destined to find an indulgent second home as an unusually classy slot-plugger over at Lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 28, 2007
What's promised to be a feast ends up as only a wan TV dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2007
You can see better stuff on TV any night of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 28, 2007
All the couples have palpable chemistry, and Kinnear and Freeman seem so convinced they're in a respectable movie that they actually make it one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 28, 2007
This Feast, though never completely uninteresting, leaves you hungry for enchantment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 28, 2007
Director Robert Benton and screenwriter Allison Burnett tell a sobering, adult-geared tale of love's highs, lows and maddening twists and turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 28, 2007
A bit too involved and convenient at times, but still classy and heartfelt all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 28, 2007
Feast of Love the movie is less specific than The Feast of Love the book, but it has its heart in the right place -- that longing place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
Benton has made better movies about doomed marriages (Kramer vs. Kramer), but this one has no organic reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2007
This heart-warmer by Robert Benton has some of the tender wisdom and humor of his other features.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 28, 2007
Feast of Love is [Benton's] easiest movie to like since 1994's Nobody's Fool, and it's immediately homey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 28, 2007
Playing a canny old papa bear dispensing nuggets of advice to a flock of unruly cubs in Feast of Love Morgan Freeman has a role he could act in his sleep.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 28, 2007
As a meditation on the vicissitudes of love, on the need for people to connect, and the struggles that come by both making and missing those connections, the movie is wading-pool deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2007
There's an occasional scene that works -- a funny sequence where Bradley bargains for his dog with a kid -- but as the movie progresses, the melodrama is piled on with a bulldozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2007
Pretentious and precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2007
The script weaves three interlocking stories in unlikely ways and relies on random acts of violence, fate and God for dramatic complications that the characters aren't fleshed-out enough to whip up on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 27, 2007
The fine cast, which includes Jane Alexander, Selma Blair, and Radha Mitchell, is also somewhat underused.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2007
This feast is more like an artfully arranged appetizer plate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 27, 2007
[Director] Benton has a gift for casting, even if it is "on the nose" (actors almost too perfect for the part). Kinnear is at his most endearing, and Freeman, shorn of his flintiness, has never been sweeter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 27, 2007
Feast of Love isn't an altogether satisfying banquet, but you settle for whatever looks good on the plate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 27, 2007
The screenplay combines philosophy, melodrama, and clichés to engaging effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2007
Feast of Love, Robert Benton's bobos-in-love ensemble drama, adapted from the Charles Baxter college-town novel, is far too cloyingly pleased with its own humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 26, 2007
An exquisite tapestry of interlocking love stories, some of which end happily, some sadly, some farcically and one quite tragically. Throughout all the shifting moods, no single narrative disrupts the well-paced flow of the film as a coherent whole.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
September 26, 2007
For a film that purports to be an epic consideration of Love in Our Time, Feast is strikingly unthoughtful and uninterested in any but the most obvious kind of romantic love.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 26, 2007
It's like Friends without the funny. Oh, wait -- that's redundant.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2007
While things occasionally get a little soapy around the edges, the encroaching melodrama is masterfully held at bay by [Morgan] Freeman, whose scenes with [Jane] Alexander are exceptionally moving.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 25, 2007
Given the potentially unwieldy nature of the enterprise, [director] Benton juggles the multiple narratives with considerable grace, and succeeds in creating a warm (if somewhat improbable) sense of community among the principal characters.