Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) (1992)




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Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Laura Esquivel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 14, 2000
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as Pedro Muzquiz

as Doctor John Brown

as Mama Elena

as Gertrudis

as Chencha

as Sergeant Trevino

as Juan Alejandrez

as Paquita Lobo

as Esperanza

as Juan de la Garza

as Pedro's Father

as Great Niece--Narrato...

as Paquita's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Passionate tale of lost and regained love.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

... becomes indigestible.

Full Review… | January 19, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The food scenes in this Mexican fable are just as sumptuous and appetizing as those in Denmark's Oscar-winning Babette's Feast, excpet they have an extra-erotic and surreal appeal due to masterful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and Steve Bernstein

Full Review… | February 15, 2007

Atmospheric but watery romantic melodrama

May 7, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

A young woman is forbidden to marry the man she loves by her domineering mother. Mamá Elena insists Tita de la Garza honor a timeworn tradition which dictates the youngest daughter must not marry so she may care for her aging mother instead. Established Mexican character actor Alfonso Arau (The Wild Bunch, Romancing the Stone) directs this adaptation of Laura Esquivel's debut novel. The two were married at the time. The title comes from a Latin American expression. In these countries, hot chocolate is made with water instead of milk. The phrase refers to someone who has reached their boiling point, in this case it could refer to anger, but also repressed sexuality. Tita is like water ready to be used for hot chocolate.

What makes the picture so compelling is the appeal of our central heroine. Actress Lumi Cavazos is gripping as Tita. By keeping her emotions bottled up, her meals are essentially the only way she has to express herself. On the surface she seems passive at first, but she remains a fundamentally passionate individual. Her story is rather epic in scope and the many people that she meets along the way are involving. The relationships with her overbearing mother and her true love Pedro, are affecting but so is her relationship with Dr. Brown, her sister's obstetrician. If there's one thing a romance needs is heart and Like Water for Chocolate has that in spades.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


I thought the book was better...

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer


I was recommended to watch this by a friend who had studied the book. I didn't really like it despite knowing so much about the main storyline (or perhaps because of it). I couldn't really get past how much of a stone-cold bitch the mother was, and I didn't really like the ending either. I'd seen the 'food affected by feelings of the cook' premise before in an American film (Simply Irresistible), which despite being utterly frivolous in comparison I think I prefer.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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