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Celebrated filmmaker Fatih Akin, known for celebrated dramas like HEAD-ON and THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, serves up a delightfully fresh comedy with his latest award-winning film. SOUL KITCHEN is a delicious, free spirited story of food, friends, and rock & roll, winner of the Special Jury Prize and the Young Cinema Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and a smash with audiences at the Toronto and Tribeca film festivals. SOUL KITCHEN film centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos (co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos) whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Akin's earlier films were dramas, and he hasn't remade himself as a master of comedy, but even when the gags fall flat the vibe is agreeable."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Like the aphrodisiac-spiked dessert that Shayn prepares one night, the movie's effects may not linger long, but they are feverishly fun and guilt-free while they last."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
""Soul Kitchen" is like a restaurant where the vibe is friendly, the music is cool, the people are all interesting, and it's so much fun to hang out at that you easily overlook the fact that the food isn't actually all that good."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A more genial, crowd-pleasing "art" film hasn't been and almost certainly won't be found in American theaters this year."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The slapsticky tone of Akin's latest work is more anarchic than heavenly, but the picture has its screwball charms."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Baked with a lot of lousy music, weak acting, clichéd characters and tropes, 'Soul Kitchen' fails to display any of Akin's talents found in 'Head-On' or 'The Edge of Heaven'"
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"Director Fatih Akin’s specialty is illuminating the multi-cultural bustle of modern Germany, and here he brings a light touch to Zinos’ catastrophic efforts to stay above water."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Looks like a bit of relaxed down time for filmmaker Fatih Akin after the stressed-out cross-culturalism of The Edge of Heaven."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Soul Kitchen, which features a soundtrack laden with American soul and R&B standards, was a hit in Europe, and I suspect many American moviegoers will respond to it as well."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Akin has infused his film with so much goodwill and humanity that you swallow every overcooked twist and turn."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"undercooked"
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"It's an odd mishmash, but it's funny and the non-stop music sent me to iTunes to do some serious downloading."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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