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Soul Food Reviews

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Michael Dequina
January 5, 2009
As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Tatara
March 17, 2008
An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.

March 17, 2008
Your appetite may be blunted by the surfeit of syrup.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 17, 2008
Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2008
The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s sentimental family drama should be listed in the credits as costars.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 17, 2008
A messy, good-natured paean to the power of food and family to fix what ails you.
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March 17, 2008
Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2008
Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
July 11, 2007
This story is right out of America's collective unconscious.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
A glossy and generally praiseworthy melodrama by writer-director George Tillman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 30, 2003
Lively family comedy-drama, nicely served up
| Original Score: 3/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 23, 2003
Heartwarming but stilted domestic family drama
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 27, 2003
Soul Food is an appetizing ethnic dramedy served with spicy attitude
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Despite its weaknesses, Soul Food offers enough pleasures to rate as a respectable freshman effort from Mr. Tillman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A warm, funny, touching African American family drama, the kind of bittersweet melodrama that critics tend to relegate as crowd-pleasing corn. We could use more when it's this well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 1, 2002
Such ease of shorthand (the earth Mother Hubbard, the three sisters as mother, whore, and lawyer) detracts from the kind heart of Soul Food.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 27, 2002
An African American drama about the importance of ritual in holding families together.
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Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Tasty, but easily forgotten.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Tillman drew inspiration from his own Milwaukee family, his beloved grandmother in particular. Humor, sentiment and melodrama strike a balance as he brings to life nine major characters and a host of others as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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