Burnt

Critics Consensus

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.

28%

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Reviews Counted: 151

44%
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44%
Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all - and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

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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 Tsui
Drake Tsui

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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.
Gimly M.

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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
Christian C

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A delightful treat, Burnt is an entertaining character drama. The story follows a renowned chef who teams up with an old friend in order to launch a new restaurant in the hopes of getting a third Michelin star. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, and Alicia Vikander lead the cast and deliver strong performances. And the writing does an impressive job at making the culinary world exciting and fun. It's also quite good at developing the characters and hints at a complicated history between them. Additionally, the sets and culinary dishes are especially well-craft, creating an authentic look and feel. Some may find it to be a little too inside baseball, but at its core Burnt tells a captivating story about redemption and the drive to better one's self.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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