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The Dinner

  • Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall
  • Director: Oren Moverman
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.

When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love. [The Orchard]

"Moverman balances the potential for staginess with his flowing cinematic bravura; he keeps surprising you, and he gives the drama a dash of poison elegance. "
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Coogan's dramatic performance is unmatched: raw, intense, satiric, self-immolating. There is not a moment when he is not being frighteningly honest, searching out the mortifying nooks and crannies of his often petty character and exposing them."
- Thelma Adams, New York Observer
"As you might expect from this cast, all four leads are simply outstanding. . In a movie world filled with intergalactic explosions, it remains a welcome thing to experience the kind of fireworks that take place between three-dimensional, deeply flawed characters grappling with major issues in a civilized setting."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall make a riveting quartet in Oren Moverman's adaptation of the Herman Koch novel about a dark-hearted dinner gathering."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety