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Soul Food (1997)



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


Drama, Comedy

George Tillman

Feb 25, 1998

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

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

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

Your appetite may be blunted by the surfeit of syrup.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A messy, good-natured paean to the power of food and family to fix what ails you.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This story is right out of America's collective unconscious.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A glossy and generally praiseworthy melodrama by writer-director George Tillman.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Lively family comedy-drama, nicely served up

December 30, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Heartwarming but stilted domestic family drama

September 23, 2003

Soul Food is an appetizing ethnic dramedy served with spicy attitude

May 27, 2003
Movie Eye

Despite its weaknesses, Soul Food offers enough pleasures to rate as a respectable freshman effort from Mr. Tillman.

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

Such ease of shorthand (the earth Mother Hubbard, the three sisters as mother, whore, and lawyer) detracts from the kind heart of Soul Food.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

An African American drama about the importance of ritual in holding families together.

February 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.
July 23, 2008

Super Reviewer

Awesome movie. For the food lovers. ;) This is a touching movie on family issues. One of my favorites.
November 2, 2008

Super Reviewer

A great movie!
December 13, 2007
Leo L

Super Reviewer

One of my family's favorite movies. Funny, dramatic, and full of heart. Goes to show that regardless of race, all families go through similar problems, but share a similar love as well.
July 23, 2007
Jared H

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    1. Ahmad: It's not my fault. It's all y'all fault. Y'all messed up the family. Can't you see that.
    – Submitted by Johnny W (22 months ago)
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