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  • Summary: Restaurant spins the tale of a group of young friends struggling to keep their dreams alive in Hoboken, New Jersey. The stories of these twenty-somethings intersect at J.T. McClure's, an upscale bar and grill where most of them make a living while chasing their ambitions on their days off. (Palisades Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 80
    A sharp, upbeat, well-wrought meditation on love and race that kicks the new year in movies off to a terrific start.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Tom Cudworth's script nails the ale-drenched details of twentysomething existence.
  3. 73
    Juggles a few too many subplots, cramming in more issues than your average nightly newscast. But more often than not, this is a film to savor.
  4. If Restaurant feels like a high-caliber TV drama, it's one that tries to pack an entire season (plus pilot, plus backstory) into one episode.
  5. 63
    Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    Cudworth's script gives the characters more depth than is the genre norm, and the ensemble acting is terrific.
  7. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    It's hard to think of a single memorable line from Restaurant, even a memorably bad one.

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