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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...
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
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 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 7, 2017
Coogan's character is intentionally exasperating for much of the movie, but there's something intriguing about the way his character and Gere's ... subvert the expected norms in a movie that's also about class privilege and social responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2017
It's unevenly mounted but kept watchable by the lively script and classy cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2017
De Matteo's systematic examination of this theme is engrossing.
September 15, 2017
With a keen sense of how to keep so much verbiage watchable, director Oren Moverman builds tension to near-boiling point ...The latest in a string of strong films from Richard Gere [who] seems to be thriving in this chapter of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2017
At the heart of it all is a moral dilemma about the responsibilities attached to being a parent and the question of just how far you would go to protect your child. Nor does it stop there. It goes on to ask what such protection actually means.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 31, 2017
What's for dinner? America, served with sauce de human nature, flavoured with prickly Paul (Steve Coogan) and a platter of guilt.
August 31, 2017
Primal instincts are pitted against the niceties of dinner etiquette in this savage relationship drama that dishes out morality on a platter.
August 29, 2017
The Dinner is a complex moral fable.
August 3, 2017
Slow-paced and thought-provoking, veering from boring, to overbearing, to fascinating and back again...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2017
This third cinematic adaptation of Dutch author Herman Koch's cynical 2009 novel feels like it has had a little too much Hollywood gloss added to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2017
The Dinner is a difficult film to watch, but it is worth seeing for Coogan's revelatory performance alone.
May 24, 2017
You're invited to 'The Dinner' for a disturbing, thought-provoking two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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