• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Kaplan
    In Theaters:
    Nov 19, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 20, 2011
  • Inimitable Pictures


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Today's Special Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Those with even modestly adventuresome cinematic palates will have their appetites whetted before exiting unsatisfied.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2010
Mike Hale
New York Times
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Hits all the sentimental clichés of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 19, 2010
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Cheerful in outline and yet prone to maudlin bulges in its middle.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 16, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an easy movie to watch, and yet it's just as easy to forget or skip entirely.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Mandvi's comic chops and unique background haven't kept him from co-writing and starring in an agonizingly mediocre independent comedy-drama.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 18, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's a film where the plating outshines the flavor.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

..the sort of small, quirky pleasure that invites hokey puns...

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I love cooking and I love Indian food, and so I had a good time during "Today's Special."

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

I'm probably biased in favor of films that take place in my own Queens, New York neighborhood, but Today's Special is an appealing enough proposition to stand on its own merits.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 12, 2010
Nora Lee Mandel

[C]harmingly recalls earlier enjoyable finding-family-through-food-preparation movies. . .[that] did not include an Indian-American family. [Shah] positively twinkles.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

November 19, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Formulaic but still tasty...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 30, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like a meatloaf or pot roast dinner, "Today's Special" revisits familiar, appealing territory.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2010
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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An overall lack of adventurousness negates any genuine sense of surprise, but credit this Indian-themed indie for spicing up a familiar and routine dish with reasonably tasty flavor.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2010
Sarah Boslaugh

You've seen all the elements of this film before, but writer/star Aasif Mandvi ... gives them a fresh spin and the result is a pleasant evening's entertainment.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

December 2, 2010
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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The cooking scenes are fun, but Samir's reawakening and romance with a co-worker hold about as many surprises as a prix fixe meal.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2010
Emily S. Mendel

... Aasif Mandvi has whipped up a delicious film, a heart-warmer sans clichés

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 14, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A delightful drama about an aspiring chef who is lifted by the wisdom and craft of an Indian mentor, a Zorba the Greek-like character.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

November 10, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Shah is a bonus for the movie. This smooth, self-confident, inarguably sexy veteran actor doesn't steal the film so much as wrap it around his finger.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Charming and mouthwatering...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2010

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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