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The Dinner Reviews

May 26, 2017
As focus lurches distractingly from the heated dinner-table debate to a zigzagging network of flashbacks, momentum fatally stalls, while the illustrious ensemble of actors at the film's center never quite gets cooking.
May 15, 2017
Despite the skill of the cast, you spend much of the film trying to decide which of its characters most deserves to choke on an appetizer.
May 12, 2017
The Dinner is two hours of unrelenting nastiness, steeped in the trappings of extreme wealth and the toxic privilege it affords.
May 11, 2017
Although Moverman's cinematic style can be physically uncomfortable to experience, it's impossible to turn away from the quartet of incredible performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2017
Potential game-changing touch: this time, it's the politician and not his middle-class brother who is in favor of exposing the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2017
Coogan's dramatic performance is unmatched: raw, intense, satiric, self-immolating. There is not a moment when he is not being frighteningly honest, searching out the mortifying nooks and crannies of his often petty character and exposing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2017
There are bumps along the way, but Moverman and his top-tier cast (Gere, Coogan, Hall and Linney) take a piece out of you. It's a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2017
A meal that just doesn't leave you feeling full in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2017
Coogan's pinched Paul is a magnificently detailed portrait of a man whose intelligence and hurt give way to neurosis and depression as the actor paints many shades between eccentricity and mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2017
What we're left with is a morality play in which three deeply deplorable people - and one surprising white knight - wrestle with class privilege, mental illness and extremely silly food.
May 4, 2017
In a movie world filled with intergalactic explosions, it remains a welcome thing to experience the kind of fireworks that take place between three-dimensional, deeply flawed characters grappling with major issues in a civilized setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
May 4, 2017
Even without all the dilly-dallying, The Dinner would have a hard enough uphill battle to get the audience to care about four people it plainly holds in contempt.
May 4, 2017
"The Dinner" turns a high-end double date into a seething evisceration of the upper class and the moral rot lurking beneath its well-heeled facade.
May 4, 2017
The premise for this chamber drama is inherently suspenseful, but not enough to sustain a movie so languorous that its chapters are demarcated by the various dinner courses, from aperitif to dessert. (After an hour I felt like loosening my belt.)
May 4, 2017
This "Dinner" is spoiled before the appetizer even arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 4, 2017
To make a movie this completely bad is almost an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
May 4, 2017
What gets lost in translation is Koch's caustic humor, woven into the fabric of his first-person prose. Without it, The Dinner is a feast of leftover insights and ironies: decorum masks darkness, polite society rarely is, etc.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 4, 2017
The Dinner has all the ingredients for what should be a four-star feast. But from the opening course, it's clear that something has gone wrong in the kitchen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 4, 2017
Moverman keeps the action moving smoothly, even when it just involves talking--or bickering. Actors live for this kind of material, and the ensemble rallies, particularly Coogan.
May 4, 2017
When these four fine actors remain seated, arguing morality and family grievances, the tension commands attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2017
All the actors are outstanding, and their characters evolve, even as the next course arrives. When you think you have them figured out, something will change, and you wonder if you really know them at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 3, 2017
Though the screenplay is unsatisfying (the boys remain an enigma), the film's strength is its cast, and each of them finds moments of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2017
The performances are first rate -- nuanced and lived in from the first moments of performative civility to the shattering barbs thrown by the end -- even if the women are given the comparatively short stick here.
May 2, 2017
Moverman doesn't know what to do with the page-turner source material.
May 1, 2017
The Dinner mostly works so long as it stays at the table, and the unresolvable source of anxiety in play suggests that on some level, the meal never ends.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
February 11, 2017
A seven-layer dip overflowing with compelling individual ingredients, that, when mixed together, make the finished dish awfully difficult to digest.
February 10, 2017
By trying to keep the prolonged sit-down affair from becoming excessively stagey, Moverman adds too many distracting flashbacks to maintain the original's hard-hitting and well-aimed gut punch.
February 10, 2017
Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall make a riveting quartet in Oren Moverman's adaptation of the Herman Koch novel about a dark-hearted dinner gathering.