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Toast (2011)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,989


Movie Info

Nigel's mother (Victoria Hamilton) appears to have been the world's worst cook, boiling unopened cans of food to a soggy pulp and nervously refusing young Nigel's (Oscar Kennedy) suggestions that she try an occasional fresh veg. After many a ruined dinner they fall back on that old reliable, toast-the one dish she has mastered. But Nigel loves her dearly, and is devastated by her early death, leaving him and his lonely dad (Ken Stott) to look after each other. When new cleaner Mrs. Potter … More

Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Dec 20, 2011
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Critic Reviews for Toast

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

Like its namesake, "Toast" is crusty comfort food with little nutritional substance.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

"Toast" has three things deserving of adoration: spectacular lemon-meringue pies, the songs of Dusty Springfield and Helena Bonham Carter.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Director S.J. Clarkson seems oblivious to the dissonance; perhaps he's deafened by the music.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

For the most part, the movie feels like an emotional vacuum, mirroring the drab vanilla and mint green interiors of the Slaters' home.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Toast," is by turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Like going to a restaurant where they fill you up with tasty appetizers and delicious bread but then kick you out before the main course is served.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Top Critic

"Charming, but oddly under-motivated...Netflixable."

Full Review… | June 10, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Enjoyment of this amiable nostalgia trip mostly hinges on one question: Do you care when the Observer scribe made his first pie?

Full Review… | October 19, 2011
Washington City Paper

What an annoying little twerp Nigel Slater is, in this odd, off-putting, light-dramatic version of food author Slater's young life.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
East Bay Express

A visual feast that nonetheless seems emotionally parched...despite the gorgeous toppings ladled onto it, 'Toast' remains too dry and brittle a meal to be fully satisfying.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

The story is as familiar as white bread in "Toast," but the dramedy's point of view is a fascinating puzzle.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Fans of gay coming of age stories, British cinema and/or Helena Bonham Carter shouldn't miss it..."Toast" serves as a wistful reminder of the battles we all fought to become who we are today.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Movie Dearest

An all-out war that was tragic but darkly comic because the battlefield was the kitchen.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011

like a country British superhero movie

Full Review… | October 6, 2011

The film's first half, which chronicles Nigel's love for his mother, is lovely but it's second half, dominated by Helena Bonham Carter's harpy of a housekeeper Mrs. Potter, is perversely sadistic

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Reeling Reviews

Utterly charming, witty and visually splendid nostalgic trip through the '60s by way of the memoir penned by celebrated Brit food writer and cook Nigel Slater and seasoned with some Dusty Springfield pop hits. A gem of a feature directorial debut.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Toast

What a wonderful little movie! Nice BBC film based on the early life of UK food critic Nigel Slater. Good performances by Oscar Kennedy as the young Nigel, and Freddie Highmore as the teenaged Nigel. In addition to providing food porn in dessert form, the set design is also awesome with lots of yellows and greens. Very 60s! For the sharp-eyed, Nigel Slater makes a cameo near the end as a chef at the Savoy. A truly nice surprise, because I wasn't expecting too much from this movie. I love when I am treated to a true delight!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Matthew McNulty, Clare Higgins, Victoria Hamilton, Selina Cadell, Tracey Wilkinson

Director: S.J. Clarkson

Summary: Adapted from famed food writer Nigel Slater's memoir, this drama centers on young Nigel, who struggles with his mother's death, a troubled relationship with his father and a new stepmother even as he pursues his passion for cooking.

My Thoughts: "Unfortunately I found the story to be a bit boring just like the food this film is named after. I just couldn't get into the film. I felt bad for Nigel for having a hard hearted father and a sick mother. But besides the performances, there was nothing in the film worth keeping my attention."


Super Reviewer


While young Nigel(Oscar Kennedy) may love his parents(Victoria Hamilton & Ken Stott), he is nowhere near that fond of his mother's cooking, even though she can rock a slice of toast. Inspired to do better, Nigel cooks them spaghetti bolognese for dinner, a dish they are puzzled by. That all turns to be a moot point when Nigel's mother falls ill, a condition he initially thinks might be caused by her being pregnant.

"Toast" is an oddly engaging movie that is aided by some great moments, including one where Nigel's friend points out that growing up in a dysfunctional household can only make him interesting as an adult, a sentiment I would like to agree with despite the lack of scientific studies. And that's not to mention a controlled gonzo turn from Helena Bonham Carter that turns Mrs. Potter from monstrous to I think something approaching a tragic figure.

All of this is in the service of learning not to take anything for granted. But then "Toast" is set in the dreary back end of England(at first I thought this might be the 50's until a random group of hippies are shown on a pier and the great use of Dusty Springfield songs) which is quite possibly hell for any aspiring foodie, if the reported awfulness of English food is/was anything to go by. On the other hand, the fact that we get both ends of the spectrum of dishes admittedly does go a long way to disprove that whole line of thought.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


A "foodie flick" that is right up there with Babette's Feast and Eat Drink Man Woman in having the focal point being food glorious food. It was a bit of a trifle but very filling. (10-18-11)

John C

Super Reviewer

Toast Quotes

Young Nigel Slater:
No matter how bad things get, it's impossible not to love someone who made you toast. Once you've bitten through that crusty surface, to the softer underneath and tasted the warm salty butter, you're lost forever.
– Submitted by Abbey K (2 years ago)
Thanks for the cake Nigel. Lovely gesture.
Mrs. Potter:
It's really not that bad for the first attempt.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Young Nigel Slater:
Oh milk. I think I'm gonna throw up.
Primary School Teacher:
Drink it now! It's good for you!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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