Burnt Reviews

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October 10, 2017
Burnt may be awash in enough images of gastronomic delight to satisfy any foodie, but dramatically it's as familiar and predictable as macaroni and cheese.
July 22, 2016
Burnt is, to be clear, not a good movie. It is in fact a pretty terrible movie.
November 9, 2015
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 6, 2015
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 5, 2015
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 3, 2015
Never comes to life, with each two-dimensional character mouthing platitudes designed to tell you what to think about them.
October 30, 2015
A macho foodie fantasy with Cooper as a swaggering sex god in an apron. If this were a comedy, it would be brilliant.
October 30, 2015
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.
October 29, 2015
Bound to inspire headlines full of tiresome kitchen wordplay: "half-baked," "underdone," "lacks seasoning." What it really is, though, is late for dinner.
October 29, 2015
Unless you also want a tremendous side of ego and hearty helping of yelling, Burnt may be a dish to skip.
October 29, 2015
"Burnt" is overcooked. If that sounds like a glib way to describe an entertainment about the comeback of a celebrity chef, it's also perfectly suited to a movie that wears its glossiness as a badge of honor.
October 29, 2015
"Burnt" gets distracted by petty dramas. Without enough meat on the bones of this story, it's just not as satisfying as it could be, evaporating quickly into thin air.
Top Critic
October 29, 2015
Burnt can't top off its plate with engaging characters or an exciting story. This confection fades almost immediately after it's over, leaving only a slight tingle on the tongue.
October 29, 2015
The real issue is that everything about Adam's journey feels half digested and tossed back up. We've seen it before. It was better the first time.
October 29, 2015
This should be a better movie than it is. As it stands, though, it's merely - sorry - unappetizing.
October 29, 2015
The filmmakers ... have a wrongheaded expectation that we'll be endlessly fascinated by this abusive jerk's china-trashing Gordon Ramsay tirades and eventual, too-easy mea culpa. Sorry, not to our taste.
October 29, 2015
If the last-act redemption is a little predictable, getting there makes for engrossing viewing -- food fights, violence and all.
October 29, 2015
You could leave halfway through the story and get an early dinner and, save for the details, you'd pretty much know how it all works out with the movie.
October 29, 2015
The hero spends an inordinate amount of time screaming at his kitchen staff and hurling plates of food at the wall, which is more fun to watch than the canned relationships that constitute most of the movie.
October 29, 2015
It's not pretty, but it captures something that few cooking movies do: reality.
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