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Abe (2020)



Critic Consensus: Aided by sensitive direction and Noah Schnapp's work in the title role, Abe is a simple family drama whose subtle touches enhance its surprising depths.

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Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef, but his family--half-Israeli, half-Palestinian--have never had a meal together without a fight. But when Abe ditches his traditional summer camp to spend time with radical street chef Chico, his mentor's fusion cuisine inspires him to unite his family through food. Abe decides to cook a meal that will bring everyone to the table, but he's about to learn that the kitchen can't heal some age-old divides.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

With a more streamlined script, or even fewer characters and more developed relationships, "Abe" could have made a real impact. As it stands, there are too many cooks in the kitchen.

April 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A great measure of "Abe"'s success is that it made me hungry. More than that, it's the first movie in quite some time to make me smile.

April 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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The movie is apparently aimed at younger viewers with its clean, simplistic message of unity, but it's doubtful many kids (or adults) would want to sit through those tiresome shouting matches that overwhelm the film's other flavors.

April 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Abe could have been one unforgettable meal, but instead, its aftertaste is barely memorable.

April 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Abe is one of those movies that come on unheralded and leave you in a state of pleasant surprise.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The more subtle touches, like the insistence on intimate, handheld camera shots throughout the film, work well to pull us into the child's perspective.

April 16, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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