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Soul Kitchen Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 27, 2010
Watching the German dramedy feels like sinking your teeth into a piece of angel food cake only to find you've bitten down on nothing at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
August 20, 2010
The film is tiresome not merely because of the familiarity of the material, but because there's little verve surrounding the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2010
The ultimate feeling is of Akin as a frantic chef scrambling to spike a thin soup, throwing in spices and stirring like a madman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
August 20, 2010
Saying Akin's latest could have very well been made within the Hollywood studio system would not be a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Barsanti
October 1, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2010
This tale of a man put upon by fate and greed never takes itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
August 19, 2010
largely superfluous and slight.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Moving Pictures Magazine
August 18, 2010
hasn't a clue how to take its characters through the requisite beats of what is allegedly a story about a man's search for self - just as Soul Kitchen is allegedly an attempt at bright, witty comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 27, 2010
Unfunny pratfalls and sight gags take over -- and even prison serves up smiling poetic justice.
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'
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 23, 2010
There are moments of fun (an aphrodisiac-laced dessert, for example), but generally the humor seems warmed-over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Judell
August 19, 2010
This is standard-fare comedy: moderate in charm, low in wit, and nil in originality, reminding me of a riddle from my youth that went: "You know what the two shortest books every written are? Gourmet British Cooking and A Millennium of German Humor."
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 27, 2010
If this sounds like the makings not for a tasty repast but for a Turkish-German sitcom called "Dude, Where's My Cleaver?" you'd be right.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

National Post
August 13, 2010
| Original Score: 2/4
Andreas Heinemann
August 4, 2010
While some of the characters veer towards caricature, the actors milk them for all the humanity and lo-fi humour possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 28, 2010
Soul Kitchen may ultimately be a little unfulfilling, inconsistent and predictable but the moments and aspects that do work overall make it a film worth experiencing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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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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