Food of Love
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Adapted from David Leavitt's book The Page Turner, Food of Love tells the story of a cross-generational romance between two men. Paul (Kevin Bishop), a sexually repressed teenager, is an aspiring pianist who gets an opportunity to work as a page turner for Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), a renowned pianist who also happens to be Paul's idol. A flirtation ensues between the two men after a concert one night, but further possibilities are thwarted by the meddling of Paul's neurotic mother Pamela (Juliet Stevenson). When Paul and Richard meet again six months later in Barcelona, they… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is mild-mannered, been-there material given a pedestrian spin by a director who needed a touch of the flamboyant, the outrageous."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's the extra layer that makes this one, the movie's understanding of how disillusion and inner compromise can gradually separate a young artist from his divine spark."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An average coming-of-age tale elevated by the wholesome twist of a pesky mother interfering during her son's discovery of his homosexuality."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Despite Juliet Stevenon's attempt to bring cohesion to Pamela's emotional roller coaster life, it is not enough to give the film the substance it so desperately needs."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"How can such a cold movie claim to express warmth and longing? In truth, it has all the heart of a porno flick (but none of the sheer lust)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The performances and tight direction from Ventura Pons keep the film from descending into cheap melodrama."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"I suspect that there are more interesting ways of dealing with the subject."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Young star Kevin Bishop plays the confused Paul with enough soul to sustain a movie that sometimes comes on like an ersatz training manual for parents of gay kids."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The principals in this cast are all fine, but Bishop and Stevenson are standouts."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"One of those so-so films that could have been much better."
‑ Rod Armstrong,
"Plays like a glossy melodrama that occasionally verges on camp."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"An elegant work, Food of Love is as consistently engaging as it is revealing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A sincere but dramatically conflicted gay coming-of-age tale."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Based on a David Leavitt story, the film shares that writer's usual blend of observant cleverness, too-facile coincidence and slightly noxious preciousness."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A poignant and compelling story about relationships, Food of Love takes us on a bumpy but satisfying journey of the heart."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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