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Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

essentially a fable ... stands the test of time

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

August 14, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a simple film of great feeling and generosity

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 11, 2013
Dan Jardine

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 Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 81/100

August 9, 2013
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 23, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 16, 2012
Robyn Karney
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

December 14, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Light, frothy and sweet on the tongue, but lacking nutrition.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

Twenty-five years on, the story is still charming and beguiling.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Melancholy bliss.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Still good enough to eat.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 10, 2012
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Undoubtedly the warmest of all Scandinavian films about religion.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

December 6, 2010
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A heartwarming feast for adults. May bore kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

September 16, 2010
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 29, 2010
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

November 7, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Scrumptious and beautifully crafted

| Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Still the gold standard of food movies.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

September 1, 2002
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A+

May 8, 2002
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

At turns philosophical and sensual, this hauntingly elegaic film resonates.

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide

September 24, 2001
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