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Le Chef (2014)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

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Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (MichaŽl Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant, Cargo Lagarde. Matter is plotting to


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About as exciting as the PBJ and flat diet soda I just had for lunch.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An amusing soufflť of a comedy that pokes fun at foodies while honoring the art of those who cook for them.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's meant to be a soufflť-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's definitely not love at first sight for this odd couple, which makes for good laughs, but their love of food and life enables them to find the right mix of ingredients for a very funny movie.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Le Chef" may not be a masterpiece, but it's nonetheless a treat.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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If you laugh, Le Chef is working. If you cringe, it's best to walk out and request a refund.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source:

A cinematic meal that goes down fairly easily, but isn't tasty enough to be memorable.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

As insubstantial and flavorless as one of the newfangled molecular dishes that Lagarde so vehemently despises.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Le Chef isn't breaking any cinematic barriers here, but sometimes leaving the theatre with a smile on your face is haut satisfaction enough.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I'd love just about any truly toothsome comedy about French cuisine that convinces, but in this case, I'll go American and say Jon Favreau's Chef does a far finer job with everything on the menu.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Very light French foodie comedy, seasoned with a touch of romance, that never quite boils over into farce.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: San Diego Reader
San Diego Reader

A frothy, only mildly amusing aperitif...

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

This is a charming comedy enhanced by a gorgeous woman, RaphaŽlle Agogue. MichaŽl Young's scene as a geisha is a tour-de-force worth the price of admission.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Audiences looking to enhance their cinematic diet with new and exciting flavors should look elsewhere.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Le Chef is more like Portuguese Vinho Verde - very light, making frivolity its main asset.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

It's a familiar, light-as-soufflť tale that is feel-good cinema to the max and as traditional as the food it touts.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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Foreign Titles

  • Kochen ist Chefsache (DE)
  • Le Chef (Comme un chef) (UK)
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