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Chocolat (2000)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: Chocolat is a charmingly light-hearted fable with a lovely performance by Binoche.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Chocolat is a charmingly light-hearted fable with a lovely performance by Binoche.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 327,653


Movie Info

The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy. In 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship -- shortly after the beginning of Lent. … More

PG-13 (for a scene of sensuality and some violence)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Nelson Jacobs
In Theaters:
Aug 7, 2001
Box Office:
Miramax - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Chocolat

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (43) | DVD (22)

Ultimately, especially coming from director Lasse Hallstrom, such a slight flick doubles as a fat disappointment.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A sinfully scrumptious bonbon.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Watching Chocolat is like binging on a bottomless box of truffles: Tastes good and sweet at first, but after a while, you start feeling a little green.

January 4, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

One of those whimsical concoctions that tries too hard, and goes too long, for its own good.

January 4, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Chocolat, like Hallstrom's adaptation of The Cider House Rules, succeeds primarily through its casting.

January 4, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

An appealing comic fable aimed at those with a bittersweet tooth.

Full Review… | December 22, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hallström should refrain from preachy parables and move on to an entrée

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
Old School Reviews

Fabulous French fairy tale and romance for teens and up.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

It takes the radical stance that people should indulge their pleasures, unless they're really mean, in which case they should eat some chocolate and learn to be nice.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

A mythic fable about tolerance and love with the bitter-swet flavor of a candy that's not entirely fresh but still digestible.

Full Review… | May 31, 2006

Most movies that criticize religion argue for the abolition of institutions. Chocolat suggests the problem lies in how people manipulate religion to get what they want.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

I've not had a film make me crave chockies so much since Willy Wonka.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Whether or not viewers end up licking their fingers to pick up the scraps ... depends on their tolerance for a different type of sugary sin: syrup.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002

A charming film with serious undertones.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

Any movie built on the premise that chocolate can cure mental illness, restore marital passion, unite feuding relatives, assuage anger, defeat oppression, inspire art and get you a date with Johnny Depp is all right in my book.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

A charming romantic fantasy with delicious performances by the entire cast.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

whimsical and lighthearted, a simple fable with no real message to impart except that Christianity without compassion can quickly dissolve into empty ritual.

Full Review… | June 15, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Hallström não consegue definir o tom apropriado para a narrativa e acaba oscilando entre a fábula e o real.

May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

The story of Chocolat could be described in one sentence-Footloose, only instead of dancing, it's chocolates.

Full Review… | April 19, 2002

Chocolat is awful.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002

Its efforts to walk on air are consistently undermined by the solemn-yet-gutless lecturing it feels compelled to inflict upon us.

Full Review… | October 24, 2001
Flipside Movie Emporium

The film is simply Footloose, just trade Binoche for Bacon and chocolate for dancing.

Full Review… | September 27, 2001

Nothing in the story is unpredictable, but watching these events unfold is as delightful as when your mom told you your favorite story for the 100th time.

Full Review… | July 9, 2001

It's like the kind of lesson a schoolteacher might prepare for incredibly sleepy students.

July 9, 2001

Will the Mayor learn to dip his fingers in something more filling than holy water? Will Vianne find true love? Will eating too much ganache before finishing your haricots verts give you a stomachache?

Full Review… | April 16, 2001

Audience Reviews for Chocolat

A fairy-tale that obviously doesn't qualify as my favorite. You don't need no Vianne to tell that. Kids, among others, might find this Chocolat tasty.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

An international all star cast help concoct this pleasing little truffle about walking the thin line between sin and pleasure, magic and reality.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

I thought this was gonna be a dumb romance, but this movie was really good. The true great thing is the music, the score was perfect if you ask me. I think they could've made the town brighter and more colorful if you get what im saying. The acting was great, and deserved more recognition. The plot was well done and fun. This was a very good movie, and I wish you see it.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Brilliant movie, brilliant cast, and brilliant story blends with a tempting taste from all the chocolates into a great movie named 'Chocolat'... Juliette Binoche delivers a great performance as Vianne who try to keep her mother's secret recipes by travelling with her daughter from place to place until she arrives in a small and unfriendly French village for her... The other cast did a great job too, Lena Olin, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Judi Dench, and they're all deserved at least a nominee... But unfortunately only Judi Dench who got it because yes she is hard to resist... Overall it's a really tempting movie about chocolates, wrapped with a great story and great music too...

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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