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About the Movie
Based on Herman Koch’s international bestselling novel, Oren Moverman’s THE DINNER is a dark psychological thriller about a fierce showdown between two couples during the course of an ornately prepared meal at a fancy restaurant. 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 the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love. A riveting story filled with many shocking twists and turns, THE DINNER is a chilling parable about the savage reality hidden beneath the surface of middle-class lives.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 92
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 45
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What we're left with is a morality play in which three deeply deplorable people - and one surprising white knight - wrestle with class privilege, mental illness and extremely silly food.
Rotten: The Dinner has all the ingredients for what should be a four-star feast. But from the opening course, it's clear that something has gone wrong in the kitchen.
Fresh: There are bumps along the way, but Moverman and his top-tier cast (Gere, Coogan, Hall and Linney) take a piece out of you. It's a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail.
Fresh: Moverman keeps the action moving smoothly, even when it just involves talking--or bickering. Actors live for this kind of material, and the ensemble rallies, particularly Coogan.
I watched The Dinner with a group of friends and every one of us couldn't believe how bad this was. We forced ourselves to finish the movie thinking that there would be some big twist or something/anything would happen and it didn't. Really bad movie.
Annoying from the aperitif to the digestif.
Interesting but a bit disjointed
With Richard Gere and Laura Linney, the movie has a fighting chance, but at critical stages it is disjointed, such as the ending. Could has been great. At times compelling, but meanders a bit.
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