USA Today - 09/26/1997
"...Writer-director George Tillman Jr. serves up down-home fare that enriches the heart and leaves you satisfied..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 09/26/1997
"...[The film] grooves along to a score full of gentle harmonies....The music has the same pleasant effect as the dinner..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/26/1997
"...A warm and embracing family drama..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/26/1997
"...Williams does an observant job....[Tillman] seems to know the characters so well; by the film's end, so do we..."
SOUL FOOD is a warmly atmospheric ensemble drama set around the abundant table of Chicago family matriarch Mother Joe, whose extended brood orbits around the stabilizing force of her sumptuous Sunday dinners. However, when dissent brews between competitive sisters Maxine and Teri, grandson (and narrator) Ahmad tries to reunite the family. This moving film, written and directed wonderfully by George Tillman Jr., features excellent performances from Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Irma P. Hall and the rest of the talented cast.
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The film was turned into a successful cable television series on Showtime.