In the Soup
In the Soup (1992)

Alexandre Rockwell's quirky autobiographical comedy stars Steve Buscemi as Adolpho Rollo, a would-be screenwriter who is obsessed with getting his 500-page script "Unconditional Surrender" produced. Desperate for money, he… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 27, 2004
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92%
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78%


Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A charming pipsqueak of a movie, a playful film of ragged and shaggy appeal.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Because of the generally poor quality of character development, I just didn't care about how things resolved themselves. A strong ending might have redeemed something from this mess, but it was not to be.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though not great, it's easily Rockwell's best work, a playful film with darkly comic twists, played out nicely by Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel, who's over-the-top but the film allows that.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Rockwell's wonderfully unassuming movie throws a big hug around youthful ambition, b/w filmstock, and the glowing screen charisma of Cassel. An unheralded gem.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Actor] Cassel seems to be a variation on the noble/foolish hero played by Ben Gazzara in Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, but you certainly don't have to know this source to respond to Cassel's enormous funds of charm and charisma.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Yes, it's an old story that has been told a thousand times before and since, but Alexandre Rockwell's little film has a home movie charm and a streetwise wit that make it a must-see sleeper.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A droll, self-conscious fable with an unexpected heart of gold ...

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

There isn't enough one could say about the casting in this film -- it's simply perfect. The story is elevated by the chemistry and sense of improvisation between Buscemi and Cassel.

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Simon Renshaw
Film4

Beals has taken a strange route since Flashdance, arriving here as the object of Buscemi's desire, but it's Cassel's hood with a heart who steals the spotlight and all the best lines.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Steve Buscemi is always good but Seymour Cassel really steals the show in Alexandre Rockwell's cult comedy!