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Soul Food Reviews

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Michael Dequina

As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2009
Paul Tatara
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An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.

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March 17, 2008


Your appetite may be blunted by the surfeit of syrup.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 17, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 17, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 17, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

March 17, 2008
Godfrey Cheshire
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Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 17, 2008
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 17, 2008
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 11, 2007

Time Out
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A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Lively family comedy-drama, nicely served up

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2003
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Heartwarming but stilted domestic family drama

| Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Soul Food is an appetizing ethnic dramedy served with spicy attitude

| Original Score: 3/5

May 27, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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A warm, funny, touching African American family drama, the kind of bittersweet melodrama that critics tend to relegate as crowd-pleasing corn. We could use more when it's this well done.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 1, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 27, 2002
Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Washington Post
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Tasty, but easily forgotten.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 22, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Tillman drew inspiration from his own Milwaukee family, his beloved grandmother in particular. Humor, sentiment and melodrama strike a balance as he brings to life nine major characters and a host of others as well.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
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