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Flakes (2007)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 2,404


Movie Info

An old hippie owns a bistro that only sells cereal and spends his days serving cereal and chatting with the local clientele about the history of cereal and the ideal milk to flake ratio. Suddenly his utopian state is disrupted when a competitor shrewdly rips off the concept and opens his own cereal shop across the street.

Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Poché , Karey Kirkpatrick
In Theaters:
Jul 8, 2008
IFC First Take


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Critic Reviews for Flakes

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (15) | DVD (1)

There are a few sweet moments as the story reaches its unsurprising conclusion. But, all in all, Flakes isn't going to bowl you over.

Full Review… | December 21, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Unless you happen to be one yourself, chances are pretty good that you'll take an immediate dislike to the self-satisfied hipsters who populate this disappointing comedy from Heathers director Michael Lehmann.

Full Review… | December 21, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Minor to the point of barely existing.

December 21, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The characters Lehmann and company use as generational mouthpieces bear no relation to any people who have ever existed, and they barely work as parody. It's cool to see the old retro cereals on the restaurant shelf, though.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

A business course on cutthroat capitalism disguised as a slacker comedy: That's the kindest way to describe Michael Lehmann's Flakes.

December 19, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Despite a few good one-liners, the dialogue is overwritten.

Full Review… | December 18, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Quirky, mature hipster comedy is a bit too soggy.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

Hey Flakes, 1994 called: they want their unshaved, American Spirit-smoking statement on individual artistic potential struggling to survive in a corporate world back

Full Review… | July 24, 2010

The amazing Deschanel once again proves her astonishing ability to exist comfortably within a scene, as well as slightly above it.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

A critique of capitalism that's light as a corn flake.

Full Review… | December 24, 2007

There's enough breezy charm on display to make it worth a look on cable, DVD or at a bargain matinee.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007

While the ghost of a bittersweet 'everyone's a sell-out' moral seems to haunt screenwriters Chris Poche and Karey Kirkpatrick's scruffy little romantic fable, it's buried under layers of forced quirkiness.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The surprise is how consistently entertaining Flakes is despite the dearth of star power, production value or innovative style.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Film Journal International

A disappointingly superficial enterprise, given its undeservedly smug, countercultural airs.

Full Review… | December 19, 2007

This too-cool-for-school Singles wannabe could have been great, but it never really goes anywhere due to its poor execution

Full Review… | December 18, 2007

One look at Aaron Stanford's chain-smoking, long-haired musician in a Hanes t-shirt and you know Flakes wants so badly to be hip.

Full Review… | December 17, 2007
Slant Magazine

I hate to be so down on a comedy that comes from so many filmmakers and actors I admire, but this flick's about as satisfying as a bowl of soggy Corn Flakes.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007

Audience Reviews for Flakes


Cereal and pop culture are fun, but this movie, not as much. It was still a nice little quirky indie film, but a little too uneventful, and predictable. Extra 1/2 star for Zooey. She made it worth watching.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Totally adorable, but that's because of Deschanel. She just oozes adorableness... Very quirky and funny.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Flakes is more dry and boring than any bowl of cereal could ever be. I've enjoyed many a hipster indie movie, but all the quirky characters in the world can't save a movie that's dull and devoid of any entertainment value, whatsoever.

I think the movie was attempting an Empire Records-type vibe, where you're introduced to a few off-beat characters, and then grow to care about their lives over the course of the movie. That certainly didn't happen. Every character was annoyingly "different", and the viewer is never given any reasons to grow attached to them. They never become anything more than arbitrarily alternative caricatures. I normally love Zooey Deschanel (she's the reason I watched the movie), but she's just as un-appealing in this as everyone else. This may sound harsh, but Flakes was a complete failure. Don't waste your time with it.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


I always seem to gravitate to films like these... rarely do I ever feel fulfilled. The premise of the film seemed great; same old story arc told from a different perspective and Zooey. Mmmmm Zooey. The crew and sets of the film work for the most part... Aaron Stanford was a weinie though. I did not like his dynamics and struggled to put up with him. He really was a douche and not in the sense of his character and that's what they were going for; but really someone I wish was recasted. Chris Lloyd was great to see and the setting of Flakes stood for a tasty premise. Really this was an okay movie(good to watch during breakfast?) and is probably Michael Lehmann's best movie which... isn't saying much. I did hardcore crave some cereal though, so great execution on that part, Mike!

t h o m !

Super Reviewer

Flakes Quotes

Pussy Katz: Well then play me a song! Neal Downs: Well then bring me a guitar!
– Submitted by Jessica M (2 years ago)

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