The Kitchen Reviews

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October 16, 2019
The ultra-lean screenplay has no chitchat, no color, no personality. But the actors have plenty of charisma and magnetism of their own, which makes the movie passable grown-up entertainment.
October 10, 2019
McCarthy, Haddish and Moss deliver great performances in a forgettable film.
October 5, 2019
'The Kitchen' is not awful onscreen, and the actresses were not terrible. They are just too feminine for the 70s mobster genre, that is according to most mainstream critics today.
September 20, 2019
lots of heat but not enough spice
September 20, 2019
This underdog story puts a gun to the head of sexism, and isn't afraid to pull the trigger.
September 18, 2019
This gangland thriller is fearless drivel and therefore obdurately enjoyable.
September 18, 2019
Berloff, who was Oscar nominated for her screenplay of the 2015 gangsta rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, doesn't tighten the drama as well she might - the plotting is shot full of holes - but does elicit excellent performances from her stars.
September 18, 2019
All three leads are strong and the script crackles with stirring girl-power lines from writer-turned-director Andrea Berloff. Still, her attempt to mix shockingly dark, gritty violence with bouncy comedy leaves a bitter aftertaste.
September 10, 2019
The Kitchen may not be receiving any plaudits for incisiveness but it's clear-eyed in its value, offering an intriguing kind of fantasy of blood and female alliances.
September 8, 2019
Though panned by critics, the only real flaw in this otherwise watchable crime drama is that its proto-feminism is too loudly signalled...Elisabeth Moss provides a cutting portrait of a woman who channels her hatred of bad men into a love for violence.
September 6, 2019
It's gritty, violent and slightly realistically inspired by the actual Westies gang whose husband-and-wife contract killers were in cahoots with the Mafia.
September 3, 2019
To say The Kitchen surprised me would be an understatement. While not as polished as others in this well-worn genre, this is a solid directial debut for Andrea Berloff with some amazing dramatic turns from Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy.
August 23, 2019
Ostensibly a feminist call to empowerment, the film achieves its modest goals thanks primarily to the compelling performances of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.
August 16, 2019
It's enjoyable overall if, instead of picking apart the cringe-worthy dialogue, you opt to bask in the blood-red glow of antiheroines unapologetically carving out their own spaces in a man's world.
August 16, 2019
There's just an agreeable verve to [Berloff's] direction, even if she has a tendency to paint with much too broad a brush, overstating her themes even when the action often speaks for itself.
August 15, 2019
Another "Widows" type film that is saved by the brash performance by Tiffany Haddish. McCarthy and Moss are also good but they stand in her shadow.
August 14, 2019
The Kitchen has so many male constructs sewn into its inseam, Berloff doesn't have a lot of room to move. It's a man's cut, yet she makes it comfortable by wearing it all a size too large, boyfriend style.
August 12, 2019
For wherever the film falters, it at least gives us three strong performances and a subversive, slyly funny feminist message that says women can do anything as well as men, including organized crime.
August 12, 2019
The narrative is a mess at times... and too incoherent in its exploration of character motivations, but the drama is there, with all the shocking and violent moments you can expect from a mob tale.
August 12, 2019
In her cinematic take on the graphic novel, director Andrea Berloff crafts a unique and subversive take on the classic gangster genre.
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