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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 73
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Juggles a few too many subplots, cramming in more issues than your average nightly newscast. But more often than not, this is a film to savor. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    If Restaurant feels like a high-caliber TV drama, it's one that tries to pack an entire season (plus pilot, plus backstory) into one episode. show more

  • 60
    Steve Simels TV Guide

    Cudworth's script gives the characters more depth than is the genre norm, and the ensemble acting is terrific. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Solid performances, capable visuals, and the honesty of the interracial subject matter make Restaurant stand out from the typical "I'm an artist, not really a waiter" pack. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    Tom Cudworth's script nails the ale-drenched details of twentysomething existence. show more

  • 80
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly

    A sharp, upbeat, well-wrought meditation on love and race that kicks the new year in movies off to a terrific start. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy

    The film gets an "A" for effort, but doesn't have the courage to really get as bloody, messy and dirty as its subject matter inherently is. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    It takes very good actors to convey this kind of nuance, and the cast of Restaurant does consistently splendid work. show more

  • 60
    Amy Taubin Village Voice

    Director Eric Bross has a smooth nonstyle that serves him well until the screenplay turns melodramatic at the end. show more

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