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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Benefits enormously from Aiello's down-to-earth magnificence. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As tension mounts through the evening, Giraldi cleverly sweeps in and out of conversations -- and brings it all together in a climax that is as hard to see coming as it is to resist. show more

  • 88
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    It's rare to find an American movie that works so well structurally from beginning to end, including a second act that withstands the plethora of fast-moving action, and a climax that is satisfying and well earned. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are enough plots here to challenge a Robert Altman, specialist in interlocking stories, but the director, Bob Giraldi, masters the complexities as if he knows the territory. He does. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    A witty, well-acted, visually gorgeous ensemble drama. show more

  • 100
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    A funny, frenetic, and often quite touching microcosm of the Big Apple life itself, essayed by a pitch-perfect cast and boasting authentic urban flavors. show more

  • 40
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    Despite the Lear-like trappings and the talented young cast, which does its work with considerable grace, it has little momentum or punch. show more

  • 67
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    A pleasant and often surprising ensemble dramedy set almost entirely within the walls of a busy, fashionable Tribeca trattoria on a spectacularly busy Tuesday night. show more

  • 83
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Danny Aiello is right at home as owner Louis, a paternal Italian father to all but his own son, reigning over the throng from his corner table like a benevolent lord and maybe underworld gangster. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Effortlessly graceful and burnished to a glow, Dinner Rush is surely as satisfying as any of the delicious-looking food served at Louis' restaurant -- and is as full of surprises as any dish Udo ever concocted. show more

  • August 16, 2008 KayeCSLA
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    as perfect a movie as there has ever been.this sleeper of a movie has several stories and subplots all linked together into one seamless story. one of the most accurate "cooking" movies ever.the different tensions between the various characters reflect real life in so many levels. truly a cinematic masterpiece.

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