Soul Food
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This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to quit the law and take up music. Bird doesn't realize that her husband Lem (Mekhi… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, Variety
"As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This story is right out of America's collective unconscious."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Heartwarming but stilted domestic family drama"
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Your appetite may be blunted by the surfeit of syrup."
‑ , Film4
"A glossy and generally praiseworthy melodrama by writer-director George Tillman."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Soul Food is an appetizing ethnic dramedy served with spicy attitude"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s sentimental family drama should be listed in the credits as costars."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film."
‑ , Time Out
"A messy, good-natured paean to the power of food and family to fix what ails you."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lively family comedy-drama, nicely served up"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Despite its weaknesses, Soul Food offers enough pleasures to rate as a respectable freshman effort from Mr. Tillman."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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