Soul Food (1997)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3
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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
Sep 26, 1997 Wide
Feb 25, 1998
20th Century Fox
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An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.
Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.
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.
Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.
As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting.
A messy, good-natured paean to the power of food and family to fix what ails you.
A glossy and generally praiseworthy melodrama by writer-director George Tillman.
Lively family comedy-drama, nicely served up
Soul Food is an appetizing dish...an ethnic dramedy served with spicy attitude
Despite its weaknesses, Soul Food offers enough pleasures to rate as a respectable freshman effort from Mr. Tillman.
Such ease of shorthand (the earth Mother Hubbard, the three sisters as mother, whore, and lawyer) detracts from the kind heart of Soul Food.
Audience Reviews for Soul Food
- Ahmad: It's not my fault. It's all y'all fault. Y'all messed up the family. Can't you see that.
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