The Kitchen

critic Reviews

24% Rotten Tomatometer Score24%
  • With three talented leads struggling to prop up a sagging story, The Kitchen is a jumbled crime thriller in urgent need of some heavy-duty renovation.
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    Ben SachsChicago Reader
    The characters are all one-dimensional, the attempts at catharsis feel canned.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Moss, somehow, retains her dignity but McCarthy and Haddish are made to look like amateurs. I'm a fan of both women. Get me outta this kitchen.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's a tonal mess, occasionally parody-poor (a hilarious amount of deadpan funeral scenes) and frequently makes no sense, especially when Moss's mousy Claire becomes a bloodthirsty killing machine.
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    Ed PowerDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Everyone tries. Unfortunately, the leads appear to believe they're in three very different films.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    This gangland thriller is fearless drivel and therefore obdurately enjoyable.
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    Jake WilsonSydney Morning Herald
    Berloff is unable to find a tone and style that might make emotional sense of the material or to generate any kind of spontaneous interplay between her stars, who even when positioned side by side seem to be giving separate, unrelated performances.
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    Anthony MorrisScreenHub
    In a different film the tension between the demands of the gangster genre and the female empowerment genre would be electric. Here it just means a lot of stock standard gangster movie scenes delivered with a modicum of competence
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    Laura Di GirolamoExclaim!
    Dramatic moments can and do work within dark comedies, and vice-versa - but by being both at once, The Kitchen ends up giving its audience cinematic whiplash.
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    Sarah GorrThe Spool
    The Kitchen knows how to communicate the general outline of the story's emotional beats, but it has absolutely no idea how to make any of them land.
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    Joseph HillyardMediaversity Reviews
    There is a great movie buried somewhere in here.
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