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.
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.
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.
Akin has infused his film with so much goodwill and humanity that you swallow every overcooked twist and turn.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
A more genial, crowd-pleasing "art" film hasn't been and almost certainly won't be found in American theaters this year.
| Original Score: 8/10
Looks like a bit of relaxed down time for filmmaker Fatih Akin after the stressed-out cross-culturalism of The Edge of Heaven.
It's an odd mishmash, but it's funny and the non-stop music sent me to iTunes to do some serious downloading.
A funny, sweet and pleasantly goofy exercise in the language of Goethe.
Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B-
The slapsticky tone of Akin's latest work is more anarchic than heavenly, but the picture has its screwball charms.
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.
It's silly, but it feels pretty good.
Even if it is occasionally predictable, "Soul Kitchen" serves up a tasty dish.
Zany screwball farce.
A loose, generally good-natured comedy with screwball overtones.
A lively, easygoing farce filled with high-energy music and amusing complications.
| Original Score: 3.5/5