Burnt

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Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they're lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.

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Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d' (Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star.

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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (115)

  • Burnt is, to be clear, not a good movie. It is in fact a pretty terrible movie.

    July 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who makes an informed decision to watch Burnt might want to bring a bingo-card of dramatic cliches to tick off during the run-time.

    November 9, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Burnt wants to be viewed as a post-modern, emotionally hardcore odyssey; a foodie version of Birdman. At once too earnest and too glossily daft to measure up, it's actually closer in mood to an Eighties Agatha Christie TV special.

    November 6, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, reunited on screen after last year's American Sniper, give committed and likeable performances but battle against the sheer contrivances and strange mix of ingredients in an over-egged screenplay.

    November 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With a title that already reeks of failure, Bradley Cooper's turn in Burnt as a Michelin-starred chef making a comeback from coke-induced burnout is best avoided.

    November 5, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • The film takes no apparent joy in cooking itself: unforgivably for a film about food, there isn't a dish here that you'd actually want to eat.

    November 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 20, 2016
    Once you get past the pretence of extreme badassery that it tries to convey in the culinary field, Burnt really picks up as a tense drama with believable dynamic characters. With an emphasis on edgy direction, well crafted dialogue and a talented cast the film brings together a story of redemption in the seemingly unforgiving "battlefield" of modern cuisine. Unfortunately as the story speeds through it's edgy montages and thrilling character interactions it just as quickly hits the breaks to slow down to a melodramatic feel good ending. This unexpected shift in tone and storytelling comes off as a stylistic cop out... somewhat unsatisfactory. Still if there's anything to brag about its the craft of making Burnt that really shines. An extremely well directed, acted and written piece of moviemaking.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    I've seen Burnt pretty consistently panned for having an unlikable leading character. I reject that concept. I don't mean that I personally found Bradley Cooper's character to be likeable, I just don't agree that a rude protagonist makes for a bad film. That all said, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by Burnt irrespective of Cooper's character (though his portrayal of said character was, as one would expect, fantastic). Watch Kitchen Confidential for the exact same thing done with heart.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2016
    Although some parts of the story seem a bit warmed over, Bradley Cooper is hot and Sienna Miller's quite saucy. However, as with Michelin's ranking system, it's not possible to award "Burnt" any more than three stars.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
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