The Catered Affair
The Catered Affair (1956)

Bette Davis goes the "kitchen sink drama" route in The Catered Affair. As the frowsy wife of Bronx cabdriver Ernest Borgnine, Davis insists that her daughter Debbie Reynolds have a high-class wedding--caterers and all. Reynolds… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 14, 1956
DVD Release Date: February 27, 1991
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Overall, the performances are good and there are occasionally amusing and touching momemts in the otherwise talky, mostly drab, affair under Richard Brooks' direction.

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TV Guide

This eminently watchable misfire divides amateur and professional critics alike.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Richard Brooks directed in a sort of free-wheeling way that carries the action jumpily from poignancy to farce and from moments of frowsy frustration to scenes of vulgar squawling en famille.

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Emanuel Levy

Kitchen Sink Realism Paddy Chayefsky style and Bette Davis as a frumpy Bronx housewife sounds like contradiction in terms, and it is.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The tragedy got lost somewhere in Richard Brooks's crushingly blunt direction.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plays like Marty but without the same winsome appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Good simple kitchen sink drama with lovely well obseved performances from all.
Antonius Block
This family drama is a quiet little movie, so if you're looking for a lot of action or a complicated plot, it's probably not for you. What it does… More