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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The secondary characters are as well-defined as the leads."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Brody, who has the lean-and-hungry charisma of a skinny young De Niro, turns his potentially cliched, tortured artist character into somebody from whom you'd actually want to buy a drink."
‑ Steve Simels, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Restaurant is like an hour long TV drama caught somewhere between Showtime and WB."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"Features impressive performances from the entire cast and successfully mixes personal drama with larger issues."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
"At its best, this is a movie of unusual integrity and insight."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"I don't know anything about the background of director Eric Bross or screenwriter Tom Cudworth, but I'm guessing at least one used to be a bartender."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Thankfully, the film itself is a whole lot better than the name might indicate."
‑ Athan Bezaitis,
"The film is blessed by two fine lead performances, as Brody and Neal both offer naturalistic, understated interpretations."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Attempting to ratchet up tension, Bross relies on forced crosscutting and stagey clichés."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"There are a million stories in the big city, we understand from the start -- and this isn't one of them."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"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."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Maybe you'd do better cooking at home than heading for this Restaurant tonight."
‑ Dak,
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