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The Dinner Reviews

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May 1, 2019
Despite fine performance from its gifted cast and moments of riveting drama and suspense, THE DINNER is a mixed cinematic experience... it will not appeal to every taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 30, 2019
While The Dinner occasionally serves up too many undercooked ingredients, there's a lot of genius to examine in what filmmaker Oren Moverman prepares.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 19, 2019
I challenge you to see this film and not still be thinking, days late...
January 24, 2019
The adaptation of Hermann Koch's brilliant biting satire, The Dinner, was a huge disappointment to me.
December 20, 2018
This incredibly disturbing and often frustrating film can at times come across as pretentious, obnoxious, and distressing: but that's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2018
The Dinner serves up an interesting main course, but it seems like the filmmakers want you to fill up on bread first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 21, 2018
There's no shortage of ripped-from-the-headlines plot points: mental illnesses, millennial evil, political gerrymandering, failing education systems and snooty foodie culture all collide in what becomes a uniquely awful dramatic hodgepodge.
March 6, 2018
Themes of social inequality that whet our appetite eventually give way to unfulfilling contrivances.
January 12, 2018
This is a sad, talky, slow-paced movie that seems to drag on longer than its two hour running time. On top of that there is an ambiguous ending, which makes it seem even less worthwhile to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 2, 2018
Some films you watch, thinking, "This is seriously never going to end." The Dinner is more like, "this is seriously never going to begin."
December 29, 2017
The Dinner manages to work thanks to the delivery of his actors... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 29, 2017
... a well-intentioned attempt at a thriller, but without a moral dilemma. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 27, 2017
"The Dinner" is an exercise in prolonged frustration. Check, please?
December 26, 2017
Moverman's adaptation of Herman Koch's novel is loaded with lacerating dialogue delivered with conviction. Yet as the narrative widens the drama loses steam and we're left recalling performance moments, Bobby Bukowski's camera work and little else.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 26, 2017
Despite the top-shelf cast, The Dinner fails to deliver, getting bogged down in moral ambiguities rather than the dark satire and cynical focus that the book intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2017
... a challenge with so much to tell and with so little to waste. [Full review in Spanish]
December 20, 2017
"The Dinner" sets up a long and winding road that, at times, twists unnecessarily back on itself, seeking to create complexity while forcing us to question our own moral compasses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 18, 2017
... I couldn't help but enjoy Oren Moverman's drama, though a more cold-eyed assessor might quibble about soapiness or its rather stagey nature.
December 11, 2017
Steve Coogan has seldom been better or sourer as the irascible Paul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2017
You can't help but feel that Coogan in particular will be hoping this one disappears quickly, without trace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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