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Soul Food Reviews

March 17, 2008
An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.
March 17, 2008
Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.
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
Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.
March 17, 2008
Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.
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
January 22, 2002
Tasty, but easily forgotten.
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
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
George Tillman says Soul Food is based in part on his own family, and I believe him, because he seems to know the characters so well; by the film's end, so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
There's a fine line between good, solid drama and the sudsiness of a soap opera, and, although there are times when Soul Food crosses over, the movie remains predominantly on the right side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An attractive cast and lingering shots of artery-busting delights that amount to pigout pornography.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This new menu movie has a soapy plot, appealing stars, family values, down-home atmosphere and a conviction that there's rarely a problem fried chicken can't cure. There sure are worse ways of looking at the world than that.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5