• Released
  • March 14, 1999
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 59 min
  • Drama
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
A comedy of interracial wariness and misunderstanding marked by a refreshing lack of sappiness.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Serves up a dramatic comedy piquant as its title.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
As engaging as it is ungainly and scattered.
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63

Chicago Tribune

Lo's writing is generally solid, and he creates some genuinely funny and touching moments with his use of dream sequences and flashbacks. He may not have gotten his proportions perfect in this first try, but Catfish in Black Bean Sauce shows that Lo has sharp cinematic instincts.
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60

Chicago Reader

By Lisa Alspector
There are enough plot points to fill an entire soap-opera season, but writer-director Chi Muoi Lo, who also plays the son, somehow manages to juggle them all, turning seemingly superfluous elements into workable drama and metaphor.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Chock full of personality and irreverent detail.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Ranges from exquisitely sensitive to crass, but overall, it's an interesting effort.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Determined to try your patience, asking you to fall in love with it.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
There's a nice little story here about the intermingling of cultures, but it rarely gets beyond the obvious clichés.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A first draft for a movie that could have been extraordinary.
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46 out of 100
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