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Three 1978 Hell's Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia's matters into their own hands-proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition...literally.
Action Crime Drama - While featuring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in two of the three lead roles, this is not a comedy but a gritty, violent period crime drama. Fans of the two stars will enjoy the change of pace, and fans of the third lead, Elisabeth Moss, will also enjoy. Other familiar faces such as Common have only much smaller supporting roles. Constant language, bloody violence, and sexual situations make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 25 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some darkly comic lines and situations.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Kitchen is a disappointment and, although it seeks to break genre clichés, it instead reminds us that female-centered gangster movies can be just as generic and forgettable as those featuring male characters. ...is a scattershot, uneven attempt to tell a gritty gangster story...
USA TodayFull Review Average ...despite some pleasant swerves and a murderer's row of actresses..."The Kitchen” blunders a real chance to cook up something fresh and is undone by derivative dialogue and a muddled plot that trips on the line between black comedy and brutal crime drama.
NY PostFull Review Terrible ...this humorless, sadistically violent wreck has not a single satisfying second. It does, however, have more than 50 F-bombs. McCarthy, Haddish and Moss, in the past, have lifted otherwise crummy movies with their forceful personalities. But this marks some of the worst work from all three of them to date.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average ...The Kitchen's inability to criticize its characters without soon falling back on a mild endorsement for their warped displays of empowerment only cheapens, in retrospect, the film's initially rich sense of characterization.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 22 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male rated it just "good/average."
ADULTS: These reviews are very mixed but approximately half enjoyed "The Kitchen" very much, with most of them loving it. Quite a large percentage rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).