Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 14, 2013
essentially a fable ... stands the test of time
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 11, 2013
a simple film of great feeling and generosity
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
August 9, 2013
The film leaves us with a haunting echo of the roads not taken, as the characters ask themselves: have they made the most of their gifts?
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
July 23, 2013
While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 16, 2012
It's a flawless adaptation of the story Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Karen Blixen) wrote for a bet that she could be published in the popular middlebrow Saturday Evening Post.
Robyn Karney
Radio Times
December 14, 2012
The film began something of a vogue for food as an emblem of love in the cinema, but nothing has equalled it. Resist it if you can.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
December 13, 2012
Light, frothy and sweet on the tongue, but lacking nutrition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 13, 2012
Twenty-five years on, the story is still charming and beguiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 13, 2012
Melancholy bliss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 10, 2012
Still good enough to eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
November 27, 2012
Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2010
Undoubtedly the warmest of all Scandinavian films about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2010
A heartwarming feast for adults. May bore kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 29, 2010
The acting is impeccable and the ambience suffused with delicate charm, but overall this doesn't aim at anything higher than Masterpiece Theatre or a Merchant-Ivory film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
November 7, 2006
Despite the austerity of the characters and local, this quiet gentle Danish film, the surprise winner of the 1987 Best Foreign Oscar, won over audiences with its subject of food, and the preparartion of a feast to end all feasts-- by Stephane Audran!
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 27, 2003
Scrumptious and beautifully crafted
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 21, 2003
Still the gold standard of food movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
A literate and lovely-to-look-at film that compels us to meditate upon the needs of the flesh and the gifts of the spirit.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
A quiet celebration of the divine grace that meets us at every turn, and even redeems our ways not taken, our sacrifices and losses.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
September 24, 2001
At turns philosophical and sensual, this hauntingly elegaic film resonates.
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