The Dinner
The Dinner (2017)

When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 5, 2017
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2017
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Dinner's strong ensemble isn't enough to overcome a screenplay that merely skims the surface of its source material's wit and insight.

Guy Lodge

As focus lurches distractingly from the heated dinner-table debate to a zigzagging network of flashbacks, momentum fatally stalls, while the illustrious ensemble of actors at the film's center never quite gets cooking.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Although Moverman's cinematic style can be physically uncomfortable to experience, it's impossible to turn away from the quartet of incredible performances.

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Jim Schembri

With a keen sense of how to keep so much verbiage watchable, director Oren Moverman builds tension to near-boiling point ...The latest in a string of strong films from Richard Gere [who] seems to be thriving in this chapter of his career.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Despite the skill of the cast, you spend much of the film trying to decide which of its characters most deserves to choke on an appetizer.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Potential game-changing touch: this time, it's the politician and not his middle-class brother who is in favor of exposing the truth.

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Wenlei Ma

The Dinner had the bones of a decent thriller. Instead, we're saddled with something that's tonally confusing and obtuse, that by the time the real action happens, it's too late.

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Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic

The Dinner is two hours of unrelenting nastiness, steeped in the trappings of extreme wealth and the toxic privilege it affords.

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Thelma Adams
New York Observer

Coogan's dramatic performance is unmatched: raw, intense, satiric, self-immolating. There is not a moment when he is not being frighteningly honest, searching out the mortifying nooks and crannies of his often petty character and exposing them.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Even with a top-notch cast and fine performances, the film is a long, bleak dirge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 18% Flixster User Reviews
Glenn Gaylord
SPIT IT OUT - My Review of THE DINNER (1/2 Star) Writer/director Oren Moverman knows better, right? I mean, I enjoyed THE MESSENGER and RAMPART, both… More
John C
Even though this film's narrative left a sour taste in my mouth, the actors notably Coogan redeemed The Dinner. A lengthy middle section focusing in on… More
K Nife Churchkey
What an odd movie. With better editing and ditching the frenetic, obnoxious soundtrack it could have been an effective anti-comedy or an intimate family drama,… More