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Chocolat (2000)



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

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

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



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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.


Comedy, Romance

Robert Nelson Jacobs

Aug 7, 2001


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

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A sinfully scrumptious bonbon.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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
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One of those whimsical concoctions that tries too hard, and goes too long, for its own good.

January 4, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Chocolat, like Hallstrom's adaptation of The Cider House Rules, succeeds primarily through its casting.

January 4, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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An appealing comic fable aimed at those with a bittersweet tooth.

December 22, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Hallström should refrain from preachy parables and move on to an entrée

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Fabulous French fairy tale and romance for teens and up.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

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

May 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source:

A charming film with serious undertones.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
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.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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whimsical and lighthearted, a simple fable with no real message to impart except that Christianity without compassion can quickly dissolve into empty ritual.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source:

Chocolat is awful.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

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

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
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The film is simply Footloose, just trade Binoche for Bacon and chocolate for dancing.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source:

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.

July 9, 2001 Full Review

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?

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

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.
September 20, 2011

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.
June 18, 2011

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...
December 20, 2010
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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