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Chocolat Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Ultimately, especially coming from director Lasse Hallstrom, such a slight flick doubles as a fat disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
A sinfully scrumptious bonbon.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 4, 2001
Watching Chocolat is like binging on a bottomless box of truffles: Tastes good and sweet at first, but after a while, you start feeling a little green.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2001
One of those whimsical concoctions that tries too hard, and goes too long, for its own good.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 4, 2001
Chocolat, like Hallstrom's adaptation of The Cider House Rules, succeeds primarily through its casting.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
December 22, 2000
An appealing comic fable aimed at those with a bittersweet tooth.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 22, 2000
A lovely film, encouraging to those who need encouragement and confirming to those who know and live by the liberating truth it espouses.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2000
It wants desperately to seem like a hand-made delight, but you can tell that it comes from a factory.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 22, 2000
A sweet little movie.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2000
Suffers from disparate elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
December 22, 2000
Hallstrom, who gets more sticky-sweet with each new release, needs to learn that too much candy can lead to a tummy ache.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2000
It's all a bit prefab, but the idea of equating the forces of chocolate and sensual indulgence with the forces of goodness is pretty surefire.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
The movie is charming and whimsical, and Binoche reigns as a serene and wise goddess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
Hardly the stuff of holiday magic.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 21, 2000
If this movie were part of an assortment in a chocolate box, I wouldn't spit it into my napkin. But I wouldn't reach for it a second time, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2000
Beautiful to look at and easy to digest.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
It's tantalizing, delectable and randy, a movie of melting eroticism and toothsome humor.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2000
It wants to be as tasty as a homemade batch of fudge, but it plays more like a Hershey bar off the conveyor belt.
| Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 15, 2000
A reasonably uplifting Christmas cookie.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 15, 2000
It's not exactly cutting-edge filmmaking, but rather the soothing cinematic equivalent of a warm cup of decadently rich cocoa.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 15, 2000
It somehow manages to let you down and leave you feeling pampered at the same time.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2000
A work of artistry and craftsmanship at the highest level, sophisticated in its conception and execution, yet possessed of wide appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 14, 2000
So assured in its manipulative prowess that only afterward do you realize how fully you've been worked over.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
December 14, 2000
A dream suitable for sharing or clutching greedily to one's bosom -- like a chocolate box.
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Kristy Martin
Mr. Showbiz
December 14, 2000
It's so easy to be mesmerized by Chocolat's brilliant indulgences that one abandons reason altogether.
| Original Score: 78/100
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 14, 2000
Airy, pseudo-folkloric gibberish at best, Chocolat affects shrill agnosticism in the service of a disingenuous pro-tolerance rallying cry.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2000
A charming confection of a comic fable graced by an abundance of delectable performances.
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December 11, 2000
A richly textured comic fable that blends Old World wisdom with a winking, timely commentary on the assumed moral superiority of the political right.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 11, 2000
Labors so desperately to offer a feel-good experience that it ends up being tedious instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 11, 2000
It's as agreeably sweet as advertised, with a particularly yummy performance by Juliette Binoche.
Full Review | Original Score: B-