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Tortilla Soup Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 22, 2001
A filling but unoriginal dish.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 16, 2001
It's so brimful of life you can't say no.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2001
With its hammy moments and unending cuteness, Tortilla Soup is comfort food where Eat Drink Man Woman was spicier and more exotic.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
October 19, 2001
Its attributes and achievements are modest, but its arias, duets, and ensembles are engaging all the same.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 9, 2001
A feast for the eyes that simply makes one want to feast.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 28, 2001
Endearing and unpretentious.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2001
Makes you famished for spice-rubbed whole fish and lamb with orange salsa while it amply feeds your soul.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2001
At times, the movie smacks of a standard-issue Hollywood chick flick ... Yet Elizondo's endearingly low-key performance ultimately engenders such goodwill that these quibbles seem moot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 31, 2001
Like most Americanized versions of foreign films, Tortilla Soup is both unnecessary and inferior to the original.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 31, 2001
English-language remakes of foreign films are usually suspect, but Tortilla Soup is the exception that proves the rule.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 30, 2001
Predictable as a fast-food restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 28, 2001
Feels instantly dated, distinguishable from EDMW only by some attractive close-ups of avocado.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2001
A Resplendently basic, lovey- dovey and inside-out King Lear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2001
Tortilla Soup is as tasty and nourishing as one of Martin's finest meals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2001
Although six writers worked on the adaptation, for once too many cooks didn't spoil the broth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
August 23, 2001
A mushy, shortcut-laden yawn quite apart from the film from which it stole its material.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 23, 2001
The film is a charmer, filled with homey details that make you nostalgic for a warm and spicy tortilla soup.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 23, 2001
A pleasant diversion.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 23, 2001
An OK dish.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2001
Tortilla Soup is a quiet movie that gently simmers as its flavors and pleasures deepen.
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Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press
August 23, 2001
As delectable as the gourmet food it features.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2001
Tortilla Soup may swap Szechwan peppercorns for chipotles, but it appeals to a universal appetite for stories that are as rich and warm as they are flavorful.