No Reservations Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 28, 2007
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 27, 2007
Sometimes movies make sense in a logical way; sometimes they make only emotional sense. No Reservations makes no damned sense at all.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 27, 2007
No Reservations is worth penciling in to your schedule, though it's more guilty diversion than memorable feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 27, 2007
A shamelessly microwaved American rewarming of the 2002 German romantic comedy Mostly Martha.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 27, 2007
The cast makes the film a warm and agreeable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 27, 2007
It's the blandness of the characters, the staleness of the settings and Zeta Jones' struggle with reserve that hobbles No Reservations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2007
The surface is as fine and brittle as a soufflé, but the inside is just as full of air. Touch it once, and it deflates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 27, 2007
A soufflé of a romantic and family comedy that stubbornly refuses to rise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 27, 2007
The first lesson we learn in Scott Hicks' contrived romance No Reservations is that 'there's no greater sin than to overcook a quail.' The second is that a blandly seasoned comedy is nearly as unappetizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 27, 2007
No Resevations adds nothing new to the rom-com recipe, but its sweetness lingers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2007
It has the smooth, caramelized sheen of a confection that goes down easy -- but won't be too hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 27, 2007
Though it loses something in the American homogenization, No Reservations is still a passable romantic dish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2007
In the same way that leftover food sometimes tastes better warmed over, No Reservations is a more enjoyable film than the 2001 German film on which it is based, Mostly Martha.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 27, 2007
No Reservations may not be grand eats, but it is tasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2007
The movie is a remake of Mostly Martha (2001), a German film very much liked by many. No Reservations doesn't seem to reinvent it so much as recycle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 27, 2007
No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as a persnickety New York chef, makes a corned beef hash out of Mostly Martha, the much-loved 2001 German film from which it has been Hollywoodized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 27, 2007
No Reservations is a factory-sealed romantic comedy. But the emotional details of its characters' journeys are surprising, honest and life-size.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2007
Everything in it is designed to make you feel better, so why does it feel artificial and palliative in that really depressing way?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Masley
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2007
No amount of chemistry or comedy could make what's always bound to happen next seem any less predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2007
It would have been nice to have some heat in the kitchen.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2007
Alas, not even Eckhart and Breslin can get Zeta-Jones to simmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2007
No Reservations is diverting because of all the gleaming food on display. For those of us who can't stand the heat and so stay out of the kitchen, the intricate preparation of quail with truffle sauce is a wonder to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2007
Carol Fuchs's silly, mushy script has her character swerve without warning between obtuse rigidity and sweet normality.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 26, 2007
Five years from now, this bland and forgettable throwaway will be remembered only for Breslin, who will by then be a poised and gifted 16-year-old actress (as long as she keeps out of Lohan-like trouble -- please, Abby!).
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 26, 2007
The salacious close-ups of saucepans and gnocchi and quail guarantee it: After seeing No Reservations you'll be hungry for a really top-flight meal. And, to go with it, a better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 26, 2007
There's no question how No Reservations will end, which would be just fine if the film made getting there even slightly pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2007
On paper, it had to look like a guaranteed chick flick for the Food Network generation. On film, though, it's too tepid to work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
July 26, 2007
There's already a crazy behind-the-scenes restaurant movie out this summer, and it's got a better story, and it's a cartoon, and it stars a rat.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 26, 2007
Based on the popular German comedy Mostly Martha, it doesn't leave a bad taste. It doesn't leave much taste at all, save perhaps for the cloying echoes of Velveeta cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2007
A familiar dish doesn't have to be a bland one, but No Reservations doesn't allow for the slightest grain of salt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 25, 2007
Everyone involved is so pedigreed, so capable, they make the experience go down easier that it ordinarily might.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 25, 2007
An unnecessary but somewhat charming remake of Mostly Martha, the delicious 2001 German film about food, love and family values that enchanted a lot of skeptics, including me.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 25, 2007
It's not exactly revolutionary territory but it is effectively presented and it will be hard to find viewers who aren't at least a little moved by what director Scott Hicks has placed on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
July 24, 2007
The thing's so charming and frothy and delightful and sentimental and beautifully shot and well-acted and sincere that it takes a good couple of hours before you start craving real nourishment.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
It has just the right touch. The script is nice, I think all the performances are strong.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 23, 2007
Agreeably prepared and attractively presented.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2007
A culinary misfire whose comic ingredients fail to coalesce.