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The Kitchen

The wives of New York gangsters in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands' rackets after they're locked up in prison.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"A drama that's just like 'Widows' except not as good (...) A summer popcorn movie"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"'The Kitchen' may be the worst movie I’ve seen this year (...) It’s just downright poorly made (...) It’s a mess of a movie, choppy and incoherent"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
"Strong on flavorful atmosphere, but never really gets cooking."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"It’s assembled with such staggering incompetency that from the very first scene it boils over into one star territory (…) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"[It has] more sizzle than steak (...) The plot of 'The Kitchen' twists and buckles but it never fully breathes."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
"[The] scenes have a choppy, perfunctory quality that fights the story at every turn (...) Tonally, too, 'The Kitchen' is all over the place (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 4)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Erbland
"Despite a strong first act, the episodic nature of Berloff’s source material hamstrings the film’s narrative, and the film’s second half feels chopped up and disconnected from what has come before."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"A waste of great actresses (...) A girls-can-do-crime-too story that can’t quite decide if it wants to be a drama or a caper, and just ends up settling for some silly, sour place in between."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"An offense against feminism, narrative logic and Fleetwood Mac, 'The Kitchen' is a terrible, witless mess."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Katie Rife
AV Club
"What lingers afterwards is the stale taste of its lukewarm execution (...) Save yourself the disappointment and go rent 'Widows' instead."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"There’s a satisfying rush in watching these wives assert themselves after their husbands get sent to jail (...) [It] has a cartoon-y vibe that trivialises the story’s thematic underpinnings and sense of stakes"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"Despite some pleasant swerves (...) [it] blunders a real chance to cook up something fresh and is undone by derivative dialogue and a muddled plot (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Robert Abele
The Wrap
"A discordant mix of clichés, incoherence and ill-used stars (...) [It] is more superficial comic-book posturing than enjoyable blast of exploitation equality."  NEG
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