Toast Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Aren't foodies dull?
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 10, 2012
"Charming, but oddly under-motivated...Netflixable."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2011
Like its namesake, "Toast" is crusty comfort food with little nutritional substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 20, 2011
"Toast" has three things deserving of adoration: spectacular lemon-meringue pies, the songs of Dusty Springfield and Helena Bonham Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 19, 2011
Enjoyment of this amiable nostalgia trip mostly hinges on one question: Do you care when the Observer scribe made his first pie?
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 14, 2011
What an annoying little twerp Nigel Slater is, in this odd, off-putting, light-dramatic version of food author Slater's young life.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2011
The story is as familiar as white bread in "Toast," but the dramedy's point of view is a fascinating puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 13, 2011
Director S.J. Clarkson seems oblivious to the dissonance; perhaps he's deafened by the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2011
"Toast," is by turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
October 6, 2011
An all-out war that was tragic but darkly comic because the battlefield was the kitchen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 6, 2011
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 6, 2011
like a country British superhero movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2011
Sentimental, obvious, but well-nigh irresistible, this jubilant comedy equates England's bland cuisine with its sexual inhibition and suggests we could all use something a little more tasty (at dinnertime, that is).
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 27, 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 | Original Score: C+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 23, 2011
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
All the actors do well, but the film's strongest assets are the period details--including the highs (coq au vin) and lows (gelled ham) of Sixties cuisine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 23, 2011
Be warned: Some of the regional British accents would benefit from subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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