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The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices (2005)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Director Paul Mayeda Berges adapts author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni magic realist tale about an enchanting Indian orphan who has leaned to harness the magical properties of spices. Orphaned by regional strife in her homeland of India, Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) is subsequently kidnapped by a vicious gang of bandits. A daring escape is quick to follow, and soon after washing up on mysterious shores the traumatized girl is sheltered by a benevolent old woman (Zohra Segal) who reveals to her the

May 22, 2007

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (7)

About all that can be said about The Mistress of Spices is that actress Rai manages to retain a straight face while uttering some of the most risible dialogue ever heard in a supposedly serious drama.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Emphasizes the pleasures of scent, taste and touch to a remarkably tantalizing degree.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Imagine Like Water for Chocolate without the passion. Such is the premise of Mistress of Spices, Paul Mayeda Berges's film-directing debut.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite the ethereal presence of Aishwarya Rai in the title role, unquestionably one of the most beautiful women on the planet, this savory dose of magic realism goes off almost from the start.

September 21, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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...the film abandons logic and plausibility to such a degree that it quickly becomes impossible to overlook the more fantastical elements...

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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It's acted with the artificiality of an After School special, the one-note brooding of McDermott especially, and with the endless monologues, the script descends into endless, boring narrative exposition.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Magic and realism just don't belong together here.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Mistress of Spices

I watched this a long time ago. It's okay.
April 12, 2010
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Dead Angel

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A lovely film with beautiful colors placed into the film...can a woman whom can assist with destiny for others find her true love?? ....Aishwarya Rai is beautiful and is good in this film along with Dylan McDermott.
July 3, 2008
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Mason Williams

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The novel was amazing and this did not fail to deliver. The book always reminded me of Chocolat, but this adaptation was both far more faithful and far more fitting with the colours and textures used in the book/cinamatography than the Chocolat film was.
April 7, 2007
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