Critic 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.
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Critic Reviews for Burnt
Burnt is, to be clear, not a good movie. It is in fact a pretty terrible movie.
A macho foodie fantasy with Cooper as a swaggering sex god in an apron. If this were a comedy, it would be brilliant.
Lots of quick cuts and kitchen close-ups - of gas stoves, buttery saucepans and stock characters concentrating preciously on haute cuisine - and lots of unmoving melodrama.
Bound to inspire headlines full of tiresome kitchen wordplay: "half-baked," "underdone," "lacks seasoning." What it really is, though, is late for dinner.
Unless you also want a tremendous side of ego and hearty helping of yelling, Burnt may be a dish to skip.
Audience Reviews for Burnt
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.
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.
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.
|Tony:||Damn it, I burnt my sausage, again!!|
|Tony:||"If you try to start a new restaurant, there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed."|
|Tony:||If you try to start a new restaurant, there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed.|