The Dish & the Spoon Image
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  • Summary: The romantic comedy follows Rose, whose life changes after discovering her husband’s affair. She later crosses paths with a marooned teenager in a boarded-up Delaware beach town and begins a delicate friendship. What ensues is a poignant and touching journey to that is remembered well after the credits roll. (Screen Media Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 9, 2012
    90
    This wisp of a movie doesn't pretend to be more than a series of disconnected vignettes in a moody story that sometimes seems invented on the spot. The boy, for all his eccentricities, is a healing spirit who, without realizing it, gives Rose the fortitude to face her problems and resume her old life, for better or for worse.
  2. 80
    The Dish and The Spoon boasts the efficiency and tidiness of early American indies like Rob Nilsson's "Heat and Sunlight," while it relocates its foreign film-like emotional landscapes to more native climes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Gerwig, charmingly unflappable in "Greenberg," lets it all hang out here, unafraid to sacrifice likability to over-the-top hysteria as someone who cannot control herself, despite a lingering sense of her own absurdity. Alexander proves a worthily understated foil, his self-deprecatory whimsy recalling that of a young Johnny Depp.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    A convincingly tender drama thanks to the presence of star Greta Gerwig.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    For once, an American indie's muted modesty at least makes emotional sense, suiting a bittersweet romance that, by nature, has neither a name nor a future.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 7, 2012
    38
    Doesn't waste a moment on recognizable reality, consumed as it is with checking off various items from its list of clichés.