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Feast of Love Review

Movies.com Critics

1.0

Dave White Profile

A bunch of annoying white people … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    51

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What passes for the movie's reality is interlocking episodes of ersatz ecstasy and angst -- a Cupid-governed "Crash" -- plus snippets of wisdom dispensed by Mr. Freeman's character.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Far too cloyingly pleased with its own humanity.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story teeters on the edge of soap opera and emotional manipulation, but director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) pulls back in the nick of time. What results is an involving and often poignant examination of love and loss.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The film, with its intersecting vignettes, might ultimately feel like more of a sampler platter than a sustaining smorgasbord, but it's effectively rooted in a lovely Morgan Freeman performance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Feast of Love's greatest strength is that it's about people and involves universal emotions. It's not great art but it is enjoyable soap opera.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Uneven adult romantic drama doesn't stint on sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-meaning drama tries to offer some positive (and somewhat clichéd) life lessons -- support your friends and family, love is the answer, etc. But it deals with mature issues (infidelity, abuse, addiction), and has a fair amount of nudity (breasts, backsides, and one fleeting full-frontal glimpse) and graphic sex. Language, while not incessant, is also strong, including "s--t" and "f--k." In one particularly disturbing moment, a man hits a woman (and vice versa), with no apparent consequences; in fact, he wins out in the end.

  • Families can talk about the film's take on love. Is it really as messy as it seems here? Why are so many movies fixated on the difficulties of love? Is romance only entertaining when it's not meant to be? Or, on the flip side, why is love so often idealized as well? What are real relationships like? Families can also discuss the consequences of the characters' behavior. What do you think would have happened to them in real life?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Runs the gamut from the good (friends rely on each other for support during tough times) to the bad (wives cheat on their spouses, as does one husband; a woman hits on another man's wife).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A man pulls a knife on his son's girlfriend, and a man stabs his own hand. A man hits a woman, and she hits him back (later, they improbably reunite). Couples yell and scream at each other.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Frequent graphic sex scenes, including shots of women straddling men while naked (breasts are visible) in places both public (football field) and private (bedrooms). Men's backsides are visible when they stand up. A quick flash of frontal nudity, too, and two naked women kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Some use of words like "s--tfaced," "son of a b-tch," g-ddamned," and even "f--k." Language isn't incessant, though.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A handful of scenes in which real estate signs are shown, as well as branded movers' trucks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two illicit lovers drink wine every time they hook up; some smoking and drinking in bars. One character's son supposedly died of an overdose, and another has suffered from heroin addiction.

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