Tortilla Soup Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
Only some of the characterizations exhibit subtlety, though most of the performances have considerable charm.
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This movie has a lot of heart and soul into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ken Eisner
Variety
December 3, 2008
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 18, 2007
Great filmmaking? No, but it's warmly enjoyable and a pleasant way to spend an evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.

Empire Magazine
June 1, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 12, 2003
English-language Mexican-family version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman doesn't duplicate the subtleties of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The romantic foodie movie of the season is upon us, and a delicious dish it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 2, 2002
Hector Elizondo lords over his uniquely messed-up offspring with a knowing twinkle in his eye. He's having fun, and so are we.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Bushell
BBC.com
August 12, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 31, 2002
'Tortilla Soup' gives Hector Elizondo the right recipe for his first starring role in a feature film.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 23, 2002
Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman is faithfully adapted into Los Angeles' Mexican-American subculture in this enjoyable ensemble film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 9, 2002
Isn’t the delicacy that Eat Drink Man Woman was… But on the level of comfort food this remake is enjoyable enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 29, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
March 29, 2002
Tortilla Soup is bittersweet fun, but it could have been zanier had Maria Ripoll not directed it with such a ponderous, heavy hand.
| Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
March 29, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2002
The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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