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Beatriz at Dinner Reviews

June 23, 2017
Hayek gives one of her better performances, though - she makes it clear that Beatriz may be righteous, but she's also more than a bit unhinged - and Lithgow is so good at playing CEO oiliness that you have to smile. He's the man you love to hate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 23, 2017
"Beatriz at Dinner" is an insanely heavy-handed liberal fantasy that both sides of the aisle can come together to equally hate.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 21, 2017
"Beatriz at Dinner" is a meal of a film, with plenty to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 16, 2017
The menu for "Beatriz at Dinner" is more appetizer than main course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2017
Together, screenwriter Mike White and his Enlightened director Miguel Arteta have an almost magical way with light-touch verbal sparring, an art that's become lost in today's broad, banter-filled comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2017
Beatriz at Dinner works well beyond both lecture or lesson because of the care and attention everyone has put into the people that play them out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2017
As obvious as the movie's intent and execution are, it gnaws at the conscience thanks to the brilliance of the lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2017
Screenwriter Mike White aims for social satire but doesn't have much to say about the erosion of kindness in the Trump era; he seems to think that planting a character like Beatriz in front of a stand-in for the president is enough.
June 15, 2017
As touching as Hayek's performance is, "Beatriz at Dinner" too often forsakes nuance for caricature ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2017
By the time the second course has come and gone, "Beatriz at Dinner" has already paved a road, brick by brick, laden with insults, assumptions, racist slights and cluelessly patronizing small talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2017
Through White's script and Arteta's smooth direction, most characters get a hard drubbing and a fair hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2017
The real power of "Beatriz at Dinner" is that it isn't about politics but the human heart. Beatriz and Strutt are not arguing legislation; they're arguing two visions of the American dream, two visions of the human soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2017
In a mere 83 minutes, "Beatriz at Dinner" gets close to the heart of the matter. It has the length of a palate cleanser but the weight of a full meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2017
It's a film filled with unexpected beauty: the "wishing lanterns" that giddy guests send up into the night sky; the vision of an exquisite, cloud-flecked dawn on the morning after; the frequent, steady close-ups of Hayek's eyes, as they slowly harden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2017
Arteta is clearly confident of preaching to the converted, and of whipping up indignation at those who mean us harm. Thanks to his leading players, however, the movie grows limber, ambiguous, and twice as interesting, and the sermon goes astray.
June 12, 2017
Both Beatriz and Strutt would be cartoons in the hands of other actors, but Hayek and Lithgow give a master class in building characters from the inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2017
Salma Hayek gives the performance of her career in this stealth weapon of a comedy from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2017
The movie ultimately belongs to Hayek. Given her most challenging leading role in a film since her Oscar-nominated performance 15 years ago in Frida, the actress creates a complex portrait of a person's emotional unravelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 9, 2017
Hayek turns Beatriz into her own breed of wonder woman, Lithgow's Strutt is definitely a super villain of sorts and their head-to-head battle is clearly worth seeing even if, in real life, it has only begun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
June 8, 2017
The discomfort that Arteta elicits serves a purpose and is buoyed by a few very funny moments. Arteta challenges the audience's notion of appropriate behavior, civility and conviction.
June 8, 2017
The seriousness of its themes in no way detracts from the delight in watching Ms. Hayek and Mr. Lithgow perform their eccentric, intricate dance.
Top Critic
June 8, 2017
A love story that restores agency to a woman who has lost all, and asks us to take a hard look at our own.
June 8, 2017
The film's failure to launch is all the more disappointing given the talent on both sides of the camera.
June 8, 2017
The story's aims are noble, but it works too hard at scoring its points to succeed as either entertainment or lacerating social commentary.
June 8, 2017
This is a more anguished film than anything White has written recently, not least because current events can't help but invade its already full emotional plate.
June 8, 2017
This queasily funny and suspenseful movie is more than a smirking exercise in ideological deck stacking, and to praise it for its political relevance would be to understate its subtlety and specificity.
June 7, 2017
Though Beatriz At Dinner goes for its share of low blows against the vapidly white and well-to-do ... its small pleasures lie in the way it sidesteps cheap caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 6, 2017
A film often smartly attuned to language, Beatriz at Dinner - a sober comedy about class clash and soft-to-hard racism directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White - operates in several different idioms.
January 26, 2017
This might be the best performance Salma Hayek has ever given, her quiet, observant reserve eventually giving way to bewilderment and resolve.
January 25, 2017
A loaded but effective piece of inspired artistry, including two sharp performances working from Mike White's tight script.
January 25, 2017
White's script is well crafted as a grim chamber piece, but it falls short of developing its central tension beyond its initial implications.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2017
A flawed work, too broad and scattershot to skewer its deserving targets with the precision necessary for the task.
January 24, 2017
A small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek.