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Restaurant (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Eric Bross directed this drama of romantic roadblocks and racial issues between a group of waitresses and bartenders waiting for their "big breaks." Former alcoholic Chris (Adrien Brody) is a playwright who works as a bartender at the popular Hoboken, New Jersey, restaurant J.T. McClure's, a gathering spot for a variety of creative wannabes. At a local theater, rehearsals are underway for Chris' play, an autobiographical drama echoing his past relationship with Leslie (Lauryn Hill); for the

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Tom Cudworth

Aug 22, 2000

Palisades Picture

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The secondary characters are as well-defined as the leads.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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At its best, this is a movie of unusual integrity and insight.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Attempting to ratchet up tension, Bross relies on forced crosscutting and stagey clichés.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Brody, who has the lean-and-hungry charisma of a skinny young De Niro, turns his potentially cliched, tortured artist character into somebody from whom you'd actually want to buy a drink.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I don't know anything about the background of director Eric Bross or screenwriter Tom Cudworth, but I'm guessing at least one used to be a bartender.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

There are a million stories in the big city, we understand from the start -- and this isn't one of them.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

Restaurant is like an hour long TV drama caught somewhere between Showtime and WB.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Thankfully, the film itself is a whole lot better than the name might indicate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Solid performances, capable visuals, and the honesty of the interracial subject matter make Restaurant stand out from the typical 'I'm an artist, not really a waiter' pack.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film is blessed by two fine lead performances, as Brody and Neal both offer naturalistic, understated interpretations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Maybe you'd do better cooking at home than heading for this Restaurant tonight.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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A great movie! A favorite.
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