Beatriz at Dinner
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Globe and Mail/David Berry
Beatriz at Dinner works well beyond both lecture or lesson because of the care and attention everyone has put into the people that play them out.
Arizona Public/Barbara Vandenburgh
The real power of "Beatriz at Dinner" is that it isn't about politics but the human heart. Beatriz and Strutt are not arguing legislation; they're arguing two visions of the American dream, two visions of the human soul.
Boston Globe/Ty Burr
In a mere 83 minutes, "Beatriz at Dinner" gets close to the heart of the matter. It has the length of a palate cleanser but the weight of a full meal.
Entertainment Weekly/Joe McGovern
The movie ultimately belongs to Hayek. Given her most challenging leading role in a film since her Oscar-nominated performance 15 years ago in Frida, the actress creates a complex portrait of a person's emotional unravelling.
New York Times/A.O. Scott
The seriousness of its themes in no way detracts from the delight in watching Ms. Hayek and Mr. Lithgow perform their eccentric, intricate dance.
Hayek turns Beatriz into her own breed of wonder woman, Lithgow's Strutt is definitely a super villain of sorts and their head-to-head battle is clearly worth seeing even if, in real life, it has only begun.