• Released
  • June 30, 1999
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • Drama
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Foote pulls off a daring and unexpected finish for The Tavern that takes it to a rigorous, uncompromising level.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A steadily engaging and winningly humane film that loves its characters.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A worthwhile choice in a crowded marketplace.
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70

The New York Times

By Lawrence Van Gelder
Astringent and unsentimental, it is a case study of losing, its clear eye focused unwaveringly on the realities of commerce and kinship.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Won't change the world, but thanks to its casual intimacy, it was a risk worth taking.
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60

L.A. Weekly

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Although on the surface this is a modest comedy about the Catch-22 frustrations of the restaurant game (arcane insurance laws, backstabbing...
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50

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Though rife with incidental plot holes, Foote's movie feels right even when nothing important is happening...which is much of the time.
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35

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The narrative disjointedness is not at all relieved by confusing editing, an uncertain tone, and a dragging pace that makes the film a...
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20

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
A lovely soundtrack by Irish balladeers the Saw Doctors can't make up for the rest of this belabored labor of love.
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