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Tortilla Soup (2001)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 19

An English remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 9

An English remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.



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Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Though he long ago lost his ability to taste, Martin still lives to cook incredibly lavish dinners for his loved ones and to serve them in a family-style ritual at traditional sit-down meals. Although the women humor their father's old-fashioned ways, each of them is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. College student Maribel is growing increasingly frustrated


Comedy, Romance

Tom Musca, Ramón Menéndez, Vera Blasi

Jan 15, 2002


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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (19) | DVD (6)

Only some of the characterizations exhibit subtlety, though most of the performances have considerable charm.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Thanks to a perfectly blended ensemble led by Hector Elizondo, in his best screen role to date, Tortilla Soup is a warm-blooded winner with equal emphasis placed on taste buds and heartstrings.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Though the cast are willing, the movie plods along in need of the zingy flavours and hot spices we see going into Elizondo's cooking.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If your erotic inclinations tilt toward the table, Tortilla Soup will probably offer nothing short of hardcore pleasure. If not, but see it you must, close your eyes and think of other appetites.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A filling but unoriginal dish.

November 22, 2001
Washington Post
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While this cheerful film has nothing particularly new to say about the ties that hold family members together even when they're driving each other crazy, it's a pleasure to watch such a talented ensemble at work.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This movie has a lot of heart and soul into it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Great filmmaking? No, but it's warmly enjoyable and a pleasant way to spend an evening.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Like a drunken karaoke version of a classic song, this derivative piece of filmmaking does little but blemish our memories of the magic it is trying to copy.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

English-language Mexican-family version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman doesn't duplicate the subtleties of the original.

January 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

There's nothing original here, but the film is pleasant enough, and it's a pleasure to see Elizondo on the screen again. Peña, Obradors and Mello are fine as well.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The romantic foodie movie of the season is upon us, and a delicious dish it is.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Hector Elizondo lords over his uniquely messed-up offspring with a knowing twinkle in his eye. He's having fun, and so are we.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source:

Despite a few adjustments, Ripoll's film largely remains faithful to the central plotting of Lee's original film, which presented a slightly familiar yet utterly charming tale of food and families.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

'Tortilla Soup' gives Hector Elizondo the right recipe for his first starring role in a feature film.

July 31, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman is faithfully adapted into Los Angeles' Mexican-American subculture in this enjoyable ensemble film.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Isn’t the delicacy that Eat Drink Man Woman was… But on the level of comfort food this remake is enjoyable enough.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Tortilla Soup is bittersweet fun, but it could have been zanier had Maria Ripoll not directed it with such a ponderous, heavy hand.

March 29, 2002
Jam! Movies

The story gets all hyperactive in the last 20 minutes, but even the predictable stuff can't obliterate the simple pleasure of watching what went before.

March 29, 2002
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Tortilla Soup

Really great movie about family and acheiving dreams.
May 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

Funny and charming, but not as good as the original version of Ang Lee's. But the cooking is good and will make you hungry just watching them eat their dinners.
January 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

Love this movie! A Hispanic version of "Eat Drink Man Woman".

December 25, 2007
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