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No Reservations (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 94

This romantic comedy may look good on paper, but it's too predictable and melancholy for the genre.

39

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 25

This romantic comedy may look good on paper, but it's too predictable and melancholy for the genre.

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Carol Fuchs adapts writer/director Sandra Nettelbeck's screenplay for the 2001 romantic drama Mostly Martha for this Scott Hicks directed remake starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Patricia Clarkson. Kate Armstrong (Jones) is the master chef who is equally intense both in and out of the kitchen. Though Kate's "Type A" personality serves her well when whipping up meals in the trendy Manhattan eatery where she has made a name for herself, it threatens to sink her when she is named as

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Sandra Nettelbeck, Carol Fuchs

Feb 13, 2008

$43.1M

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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (94) | DVD (17)

Sometimes movies make sense in a logical way; sometimes they make only emotional sense. No Reservations makes no damned sense at all.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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No Reservations is worth penciling in to your schedule, though it's more guilty diversion than memorable feast.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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A shamelessly microwaved American rewarming of the 2002 German romantic comedy Mostly Martha.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The cast makes the film a warm and agreeable experience.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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You don't need to have been a fan of the terrific German film Mostly Martha that inspired this remake, or even to have seen the original, to recognize that her American cousin has a tendency to overcook things.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
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To see No Reservations is to see what's wrong with a lot of American movies. A remake Mostly Martha, it takes a winning recipe and adds some distinctly Hollywood flavors: It takes adult characters and has them behave like children.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Chalk it up as an alternative to watching a kitchen full of singing rats.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Not bad, not amazing. Just a classy romantic comedy that, like a good meal, is enjoyable enough to partake of, but the taste of which will fade soon thereafter.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Catherine Zeta-Jones controls the kitchen, but can't control my attention.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Like the well-known joke about Chinese fare %u2014 No Reservations satisfies while you're sitting down at the table, but an hour later you're hungry again.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

There's nothing in this story that you haven't seen before, and you'll know everything that's going to happen long before it does, yet it's all done with such charm and style that you won't care.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...there's not much sparkle in the movie and even less spark to the love story.

February 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Bland-but-sweet dramedy more for adult palates.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This many delicious ingredients should have produced a tastier, more memorable result.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A product of the sort of steely, soulless competence that marks so very many films as the work of professionals who view this as a job, not an art form.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Everyone is now richer and better looking and it's a good deal cuter and more sentimental.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Zeta-Jones, Eckhart and Breslin play second fiddle to Ratatouille in what amounts to romantic drama fast food.

September 7, 2007
Monsters and Critics

Alas, this is one of those Hollywood copies that is perfectly decent in its acting and direction but hopelessly deficient in originality and any real flair.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

While Zeta-Jones and Eckhart make an appealing couple, their chemistry never really develops due to the script's complete lack of sauce.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Rarely likeable on screen, Zeta Jones has a hard time making us empathise with her Ramsay-style ballbreaker.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

Hie me to the vomitorium, it's a fantastically smug and boring movie about food and romance, pumped with artificial sweeteners.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

There's not an unpredictable moment in Carol Fuchs's plodding, syrupy script; this dreadful remake of the moderately pleasing German film Mostly Martha is misconceived from start to finish.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The ingredients of the German original Mostly Martha this time produce a cliché Chinese dish, forgotten a mere five minutes later.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Here is a romcom that has been developed on a Petri dish in some unspeakable secret department at the Porton Down biological warfare unit, designed to release a gaseous vapour into cinemas, rendering the civilian population immobile.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

No Reservations is a light snack not a three-course meal. It's too light and fluffy to satisfy.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

After Nick's opera karaoke I was ready to bludgeon my own ears off with a meat tenderiser.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for No Reservations

Ordinary rom-com but Eckhart is appealing.
September 9, 2013
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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

NO RESERVATIONS was a toned down version of a chick flick--excuse me--romantic and comedic drama. It wasn't funny, but I could see why some considered it a comedy.

Catherine Zeta-Jones gives her usual effort--the good, solid performance a film needs to stay together. All the other actors are boring, uninspired, and need to go to acting school. Seriously.

The plot wasn't that great, either, but it was an enjoyable film, in a way. What an idiot I sound like: me, a guy, saying a chick movie is decent. Oh, my...
October 12, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

More romantic/drama than a comedy. It has more heartfelt, feel good moments than any really laugh out loud scenes. Still it was a nice story, with a good cast and well made. Just always a bit predictable.
June 27, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

A nice romantic film that is great for families.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

    1. Therapist: Why do you come to see me every week?
    2. Kate: My boss said she'd fire me if I didn't get therapy.
    3. Therapist: Why do you think, she thinks you need therapy? Why?
    4. Kate: You know what, I haven't the faintest idea.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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