The Kitchen Reviews

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September 22, 2019
Moss, somehow, retains her dignity but McCarthy and Haddish are made to look like amateurs. I'm a fan of both women. Get me outta this kitchen.
September 20, 2019
It's a tonal mess, occasionally parody-poor (a hilarious amount of deadpan funeral scenes) and frequently makes no sense, especially when Moss's mousy Claire becomes a bloodthirsty killing machine.
August 28, 2019
Berloff is unable to find a tone and style that might make emotional sense of the material or to generate any kind of spontaneous interplay between her stars, who even when positioned side by side seem to be giving separate, unrelated performances.
August 14, 2019
I half-expected every scene to end with a freeze-frame high five or the women yelling "girl power."
August 12, 2019
"The Kitchen" is chock-full of rousing girl-power lines with a trio of actresses that can deliver them with panache, but one wishes the story could back up the characters with more than just firepower.
August 10, 2019
The direction is flat (actors taking turns speaking their lines instead of actually conversing, etc.), the characterization baffling, the plot mechanics incredible - as in, not to be believed.
August 10, 2019
There's not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there's nothing cool about it, either.
August 9, 2019
McCarthy, Haddish, Moss-Oh, what a movie The Kitchen could have been. But oh what an unholy disaster it is. An early contender for worst of the year.
August 9, 2019
I spent most of the running time wondering if the film had been hastily reedited, or cut down from a more sprawling length-anything to explain the chaos playing out on-screen.
August 9, 2019
Give us real characters; give us good writing; give us a compelling story. Otherwise, don't bother.
August 9, 2019
Although there are some solid moments, the resulting concoction is a bit of a mess, the kind that makes one wish these very busy, in-demand performers were a bit more selective.
August 9, 2019
It happens in even the best kitchens: You bring together top-quality ingredients and a promising recipe, but somehow the end result comes out tasting wrong, just wrong.
August 9, 2019
More often than not, the story the film is trying to tell seems ... well, pointless, given the complete misuse of its fantastic roster and its inability to demonstrate even the basics of apt filmmaking.
August 9, 2019
An uneven mob movie with wild shifts in tone, "The Kitchen" never finds its footing.
August 9, 2019
Berloff works overtime to reassure us that these women are not only justified in most of their actions, but are in fact brave pioneers who flout gendered job descriptions.
August 9, 2019
With so many characters and subplots crammed into a 100-minute running time, it's no surprise that none are given the space to gain heft. The end result is something that feels like it should have been much better than it is.
August 9, 2019
It hints frustratingly, throughout, at a comedic impulse that the direction of its actors suppresses.
Top Critic
August 8, 2019
So much of what's promising about The Kitchen, including its ability to explore that question meaningfully, is hampered by its need to justify its own existence - to keep convincing you that it's sufficiently woke.
August 8, 2019
"The Kitchen" would seem to be a belabored exercise in third-wave feminism. But if what that movement has come to is "See? Women can be murderous thugs, too!," then it's time for some re-branding.
August 8, 2019
"The Kitchen" - except for one incandescent performance - is as good as it needs to be, but no more.
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