Restaurant (2000)

At the center of a group of actors, writers and performers who make up the staff of a trendy Hoboken restaurant is longtime bartender Chris, a debuting playwrite who is struggling with the end of recent relationships, while taking his first… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 28, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The secondary characters are as well-defined as the leads.

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Steve Simels
TV Guide

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.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

The film is blessed by two fine lead performances, as Brody and Neal both offer naturalistic, understated interpretations.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

At its best, this is a movie of unusual integrity and insight.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

Features impressive performances from the entire cast and successfully mixes personal drama with larger issues.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

Attempting to ratchet up tension, Bross relies on forced crosscutting and stagey clichés.

Joshua Tanzer

There are a million stories in the big city, we understand from the start -- and this isn't one of them.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
A great movie! A favorite.