Dinner with Friends (2001)


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A happily married couple discover their friends are not as happy as they thought, and they begin to wonder how sound their own relationship can be, in this made-for-cable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Donald Margulies. Gabe (Dennis Quaid) and Karen (Andie MacDowell) are a pair of wedded food writers who more than a decade ago introduced their close friends Tom (Greg Kinnear) and Beth (Toni Collette). Tom and Beth fell in love and got married, but one night as Gabe and Karen … More

Rating: R (language)
Genre: Drama, Television, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Donald Marguiles, Donald Margulies
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Dinner with Friends

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Astringently witty and ultimately heart shattering, ''Dinner With Friends'' is an expertly prepared gourmet feast in a world of TV dinners.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 11, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There are moments of interesting honesty, and the players get to enjoy some meaty roles - especially Quaid, nicely underplaying one of the least showiest roles he's had in years.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

...the performances are all note-perfect.

Full Review… | October 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Would be better filmed as a play, but as it is, is a wonderfully performed relationship drama

September 17, 2002

As an adult drama, Dinner With Friends is apt enough at exploring late-thirtysomething angst and crisis, well acting and paced with enough momentum to keep the story from dragging.

Full Review… | September 11, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dinner with Friends

Perhaps I am not enough of an intellectual, but I had difficulties with this movie. I find the discussion of what keeps a marriage fresh an interesting topic, but I did not find the behaviour of the four main characters useful as a learning exercise, nor super entertaining as entertainment.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Excellent script, performances, and concept, but despite all the deep emotions and intellectual rationalizations, I still found the story a little reductive. Normally I put no stock in how "likeable" a character is, but for realistic relationship dramas like this, I need to see what the lovers and friends see in each other. How do these people all wind up with happy endings?

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Overdramatic and boring. Doesn't really bring anything new to relationship movies.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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