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  • Summary: Best friends Ronnie and Dave struggle to run a Manhattan tavern and find their self-respect. (Redeemable Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Foote pulls off a daring and unexpected finish for The Tavern that takes it to a rigorous, uncompromising level.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A steadily engaging and winningly humane film that loves its characters.
  3. 75
    A worthwhile choice in a crowded marketplace.
  4. Won't change the world, but thanks to its casual intimacy, it was a risk worth taking.
  5. Reviewed by: David Chute
    60
    Although on the surface this is a modest comedy about the Catch-22 frustrations of the restaurant game (arcane insurance laws, backstabbing chefs), it is also a movie of some psychological depth, thanks to the understated precision of Dye's deep-welled performance.
  6. Though rife with incidental plot holes, Foote's movie feels right even when nothing important is happening...which is much of the time.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    20
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. S.w.M.
    Apr 30, 2007
    9
    A tour de force since the director and producer did this film in their minimal "spare time." Foote chose reality over fantasy, which is admirable. Every man I've met who has seen it adores it. (not that some women do too). It's the other spectrum of the Chick Flick (again, this not mean it's misogynist by any means. Foote's debut as a writer is admirable; his debut as a director and editor is formidable. He is one of those rare few who has the prospect as a consistently fine filmmaker. Expand

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