Those with even modestly adventuresome cinematic palates will have their appetites whetted before exiting unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2/5
Hits all the sentimental clichés of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cheerful in outline and yet prone to maudlin bulges in its middle.
It's an easy movie to watch, and yet it's just as easy to forget or skip entirely.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mandvi's comic chops and unique background haven't kept him from co-writing and starring in an agonizingly mediocre independent comedy-drama.
| Original Score: C
It's a film where the plating outshines the flavor.
..the sort of small, quirky pleasure that invites hokey puns...
| Original Score: B-
I love cooking and I love Indian food, and so I had a good time during "Today's Special."
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[C]harmingly recalls earlier enjoyable finding-family-through-food-preparation movies. . .[that] did not include an Indian-American family. [Shah] positively twinkles.
| Original Score: 7/10
Formulaic but still tasty...
The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.
Like a meatloaf or pot roast dinner, "Today's Special" revisits familiar, appealing territory.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
... Aasif Mandvi has whipped up a delicious film, a heart-warmer sans clichés
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Charming and mouthwatering...