Soul Food
Soul Food (1997)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Tatara

An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.

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Godfrey Cheshire

Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

Michael Dequina

As warm and funny as it is dramatic and emotionally involving, with fully-fleshed characters brought to life by the strong ensemble acting.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

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Your appetite may be blunted by the surfeit of syrup.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Time Out

A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

A messy, good-natured paean to the power of food and family to fix what ails you.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Fascade Fiveoneeight
It's all about family get together, no matter what...I don't care who you have got to enjoy this one. Get is maximum drama.
Jared H
One of my family's favorite movies. Funny, dramatic, and full of heart. Goes to show that regardless of race, all families go through similar problems, but… More
Donna Dawson
Awesome movie. For the food lovers. ;) This is a touching movie on family issues. One of my favorites.
Leo L
A great movie!