• Unrated, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Fatih Akin
    In Theaters:
    Aug 20, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 21, 2010
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Soul Kitchen Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

Like the aphrodisiac-spiked dessert that Shayn prepares one night, the movie's effects may not linger long, but they are feverishly fun and guilt-free while they last.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

Baked with a lot of lousy music, weak acting, clichéd characters and tropes, 'Soul Kitchen' fails to display any of Akin's talents found in 'Head-On' or 'The Edge of Heaven'

Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

January 4, 2011
Derek Elley
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Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 3, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Akin has infused his film with so much goodwill and humanity that you swallow every overcooked twist and turn.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

November 10, 2010
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Soul Kitchen" is like a restaurant where the vibe is friendly, the music is cool, the people are all interesting, and it's so much fun to hang out at that you easily overlook the fact that the food isn't actually all that good.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2010
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Fatih Akin?s specialty is illuminating the multi-cultural bustle of modern Germany, and here he brings a light touch to Zinos? catastrophic efforts to stay above water.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2010
Chris Barsanti


Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/10

October 1, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A more genial, crowd-pleasing "art" film hasn't been and almost certainly won't be found in American theaters this year.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 21, 2010
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Looks like a bit of relaxed down time for filmmaker Fatih Akin after the stressed-out cross-culturalism of The Edge of Heaven.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

September 20, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's an odd mishmash, but it's funny and the non-stop music sent me to iTunes to do some serious downloading.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A funny, sweet and pleasantly goofy exercise in the language of Goethe.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going.

September 16, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Akin's earlier films were dramas, and he hasn't remade himself as a master of comedy, but even when the gags fall flat the vibe is agreeable.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

A great little character-driven comedy, merely another excellent film from a spectacular director who would be a household name if foreign films got the audience they deserved in this country.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

September 10, 2010
Shawn Levy

There's a breeziness to Soul Kitchen, good performances by Moritz Bleibtreu as Zinos' slippery brother and Birol Unel as his fanatical new chef, and a peppy soundtrack.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

September 10, 2010
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The slapsticky tone of Akin's latest work is more anarchic than heavenly, but the picture has its screwball charms.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Soul Kitchen, which features a soundtrack laden with American soul and R&B standards, was a hit in Europe, and I suspect many American moviegoers will respond to it as well.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2010
Matt Pais

Nothing wrong with a tone that mixes tough choices and uneasy laughs. Akin, at the cost of well-written relationships or motivations, splits the difference and botches both.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 9, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's silly, but it feels pretty good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2010
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