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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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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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Critic Reviews for Burnt

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

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

    Jul 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 6, 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.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 1/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Never comes to life, with each two-dimensional character mouthing platitudes designed to tell you what to think about them.

    Nov 3, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A macho foodie fantasy with Cooper as a swaggering sex god in an apron. If this were a comedy, it would be brilliant.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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Audience Reviews for Burnt

  • 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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