Soul Food (1997)



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This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: George Tillman, George Tillman Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 1998
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for Soul Food

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14)

An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Top Critic

Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s sentimental family drama should be listed in the credits as costars.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Top Critic

Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Soul Food

It's all about family get together, no matter what...I don't care who you have got to enjoy this one. Get is maximum drama.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

Awesome movie. For the food lovers. ;) This is a touching movie on family issues. One of my favorites.

Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

A great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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