With its hammy moments and unending cuteness, Tortilla Soup is comfort food where Eat Drink Man Woman was spicier and more exotic.
An OK dish.
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.
A mushy, shortcut-laden yawn quite apart from the film from which it stole its material.
Predictable as a fast-food restaurant.
| Original Score: 2/5
Like most Americanized versions of foreign films, Tortilla Soup is both unnecessary and inferior to the original.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Try as the actors do, the script doesn't seem to create an organic sense of family.
English-language Mexican-family version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman doesn't duplicate the subtleties of the original.
| Original Score: 6/10
Certainly isn't indigestible, but by comparison to its more savory source, it's considerably less than mouth-watering.
| Original Score: C+
Acting like a family sitcom contrived for a TV food channel, Tortilla Soup should have been released as a menu.
Feels instantly dated, distinguishable from EDMW only by some attractive close-ups of avocado.
The whole movie feels like sloppy second helpings to Lee's much more superior original (and neater) concoction.
Substitutes interesting food for intriguing or even likable characters.
A remake that follows the original point by point but is nevertheless far less satisfying.
The recipe is the same; why does it taste so different? María Ripoll reheats the zesty stew of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman; the result is more sugar than spice.
The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.
| Original Score: 3/5