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Soul Kitchen Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Like the aphrodisiac-spiked dessert that Shayn prepares one night, the movie's effects may not linger long, but they are feverishly fun and guilt-free while they last.
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
January 4, 2011
Baked with a lot of lousy music, weak acting, clichéd characters and tropes, 'Soul Kitchen' fails to display any of Akin's talents found in 'Head-On' or 'The Edge of Heaven'
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Derek Elley
January 3, 2011
Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 10, 2010
Akin has infused his film with so much goodwill and humanity that you swallow every overcooked twist and turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 29, 2010
"Soul Kitchen" is like a restaurant where the vibe is friendly, the music is cool, the people are all interesting, and it's so much fun to hang out at that you easily overlook the fact that the food isn't actually all that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2010
Director Fatih Akin?s specialty is illuminating the multi-cultural bustle of modern Germany, and here he brings a light touch to Zinos? catastrophic efforts to stay above water.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
October 1, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 21, 2010
A more genial, crowd-pleasing "art" film hasn't been and almost certainly won't be found in American theaters this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2010
Looks like a bit of relaxed down time for filmmaker Fatih Akin after the stressed-out cross-culturalism of The Edge of Heaven.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 17, 2010
It's an odd mishmash, but it's funny and the non-stop music sent me to iTunes to do some serious downloading.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 16, 2010
A funny, sweet and pleasantly goofy exercise in the language of Goethe.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 16, 2010
Akin's earlier films were dramas, and he hasn't remade himself as a master of comedy, but even when the gags fall flat the vibe is agreeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
September 10, 2010
A great little character-driven comedy, merely another excellent film from a spectacular director who would be a household name if foreign films got the audience they deserved in this country.
Shawn Levy
September 10, 2010
There's a breeziness to Soul Kitchen, good performances by Moritz Bleibtreu as Zinos' slippery brother and Birol Unel as his fanatical new chef, and a peppy soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 9, 2010
The slapsticky tone of Akin's latest work is more anarchic than heavenly, but the picture has its screwball charms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2010
Soul Kitchen, which features a soundtrack laden with American soul and R&B standards, was a hit in Europe, and I suspect many American moviegoers will respond to it as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
September 9, 2010
Nothing wrong with a tone that mixes tough choices and uneasy laughs. Akin, at the cost of well-written relationships or motivations, splits the difference and botches both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 9, 2010
It's silly, but it feels pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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