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In the Soup Reviews

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TV Guide
February 7, 2013
There isn't enough one could say about the casting in this film -- it's simply perfect. The story is elevated by the chemistry and sense of improvisation between Buscemi and Cassel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2013
A charming pipsqueak of a movie, a playful film of ragged and shaggy appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 12, 2006
Though not great, it's easily Rockwell's best work, a playful film with darkly comic twists, played out nicely by Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel, who's over-the-top but the film allows that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rockwell's wonderfully unassuming movie throws a big hug around youthful ambition, b/w filmstock, and the glowing screen charisma of Cassel. An unheralded gem.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Yes, it's an old story that has been told a thousand times before and since, but Alexandre Rockwell's little film has a home movie charm and a streetwise wit that make it a must-see sleeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A droll, self-conscious fable with an unexpected heart of gold ...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2003
Beals has taken a strange route since Flashdance, arriving here as the object of Buscemi's desire, but it's Cassel's hood with a heart who steals the spotlight and all the best lines.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Because of the generally poor quality of character development, I just didn't care about how things resolved themselves. A strong ending might have redeemed something from this mess, but it was not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In the Soup's charm is based in its humor, in its odd bits of business that happen in the margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
[Actor] Cassel seems to be a variation on the noble/foolish hero played by Ben Gazzara in Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, but you certainly don't have to know this source to respond to Cassel's enormous funds of charm and charisma.
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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