A bizarre rite of passage at the local deli determines the fate of a generation of teenagers, leading some to escape their suburban town and dooming others to remain.
Ham on Rye doesn’t quite succeed in promoting its director as one to watch, but offers just enough intrigue that fans of the genre will find there's plenty to chew on.| Read in full: Ham on Rye movie review We Love Cinema
Ham on Rye takes a bleakly subversive look at the whole idea of breaking free of your boring suburban home town and making it in the glamorous adult world beyond.The Guardian
Taormina wants to show you a world that’s familiar, but the mirror is a trick one, reflecting something lopsided and grotesque.IndieWire
From the outset, faint notes of discord indicate that this portrait of American adolescence and its attendant rituals will not conform to the cinema of John Hughes, even if at times the aesthetic suggests otherwise.Sight & Sound