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2.9
170 Ratings

Beatriz at Dinner

Directed by Miguel Arteta
United States, 2017
Comedy

Synopsis

A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.

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Beatriz at Dinner Directed by Miguel Arteta

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 3 nominations including: Best Female Lead

National Board of Review

2017 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Film

Hayek brings depth and feeling to the title character… White (The School of Rock, Year of the Dog) aims for social satire but doesn’t have much to say about the erosion of kindness in the Trump era; he seems to think that planting a character like Beatriz in front of a stand-in for the president is enough.
June 15, 2017
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Arteta directs with irreverent brio mixed with a somber touch, but Beatriz at Dinner is (almost) all talk, and dependent on the crisply funny dialogue that keeps taking left turns into the unexpected. White is always on the side of the marginal and the dispossessed, but he likes to throw us off our game a bit so we don’t just go home smugly confident that we’ve done our bit for justice and empathy. Beatriz, like the others, walks a purposefully confounding line between naturalism and caricature.
June 08, 2017
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Its small pleasures lie in the way it sidesteps cheap caricature. The movie, which marks the belated reunion of director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White, who previously collaborated on Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl, insists on letting its characters behave like, well, characters. And that’s what makes it frustrating in retrospect, as it blows some of the most astute writing that White has done for film on a flimsy and miscalculated finale.
June 07, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Doug Strutt is a Donald Trump's alter ego and Newport is Mar-a-Lago. Since they can't Get Out, the colonized, the marginalized, the exploited, the disenfranchised, the modern slaves, the immigrants can only self immolate, discreetly. There will be no revolution. Just extinction. A bleak, but utterly realistic depiction of The United States of Plutocracy in 2017. P.S. It's a "comedy" only for the white 1%.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Truly awkward viewing here that's a clever and effective way to demonstrate the disconnect between our two selves; the sophisticated consumer and the planet damager. Fantastic to see the disgusting practice of big game hunting for fun lambasted as well. All this is packaged together as a sort of straight sitcom that then veers off into magic realism and the haemorrhaged psyche. 3.5 stars

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Of course we’ll line up to see Hayek take on the 1% in frumpy mom-jeans. It’s the movie we deserve! Sadly, it's nowhere near the one we need... At best, a let-down; neither comedic nor dramatic enough to justify the two-dimensional caricatures that pass for its characters. At worst, blatantly opportunistic, and underpinned by a disturbing neocolonial exoticization of the Other. A tepid, well-acted disappointment. 2.5

  • Ethan's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Salma Hayek gives an incredible performance here and John Lithgow is at his most dickish here. An obvious parallel to Trump era ideals and politics this is a powerful film that has a lot to say about our society and the way we treat other people and the consequences that follow our actions. This is an emotional roller coaster that will make you laugh, cry, and think all at the same time.

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Great performance from Salma in a good film. John Early's quietly tense performance in the background elevates it all.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Salma Hayek's exercise in self-pity and social consciousness was a bit... embarrassing. Don't get me wrong, the film is very easy breezy and was perfect for a Sunday night in bed... but the characters are SO one-dimensional that it just feels like a waste of a great ensemble cast. It's like... "The Silence of the Goats", with zero nuances or depth.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Salma Hayek anchors an often very funny yet emotionally souring look at friction between classes and what happens when an unseen minority becomes the elephant in the room amongst fat-cats. The moral and ethical vapidness of the characters is solid, with John Lithgow's cocksure mogul character existing on Hayek's level of commanding the screen. A bit too pedantic and dreamlike at times, but well-written all around.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Beatriz at Dinner

    Not entirely the cringe comedy it's being billed as. Indeed, it bites off a lot to chew: not just friction between classes, but different ways of detaching from reality. It can be heady stuff, and I think it demands much subtler satire and balanced observation of human behavior. So much of its comedy seems dreamed up as a sitcom premise, but it's best moments come when it defies its established caricatures.

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