Chef (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.

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Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (c) Open Road

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All Critics (182) | Top Critics (39)

It's such a treat to see such an endearing slice o' life in the middle of this blockbuster season. There's not a single comic book character in sight.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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Chef is compelling, somewhat convincing and, according to many who know better than I, it's largely on trend.

Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack ...

Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a refreshing change of pace from typical summer fare, a story not framed around the skeleton of an old TV series or designed as a tie-in to Hasbro toys.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If "Chef" were a musical, you'd walk out humming the food - and you might end up doing that anyway.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Chef is so thin and bland it doesn't even inspire contempt.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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½

Never has food looked this delicious on the screen. If you watch this film hungry, you will probably starve, if you watch it full, you'll get hungry again. For a film about a chef trying to fulfill his dream of a food truck, that may be a no-brainer but actually plays a pretty big role here, because it's an important character trait for Favreau's chef. The great cast clearly had fun with his, quite a few dialogs feel improvised and very natural. The film also portrays a pretty realistic use of social media and the times we live in, if you'd wanna see that negatively you could say it's a long Twitter commercial. That'd be cynical, which the film is everything but. A light-hearted, lovable and entertaining feel good movie that makes you wanna eat delicious food and travel the US.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

Competent and more or less charming, but the plot features little credible adversity and stakes that ring hollow. It's a slice of life, sure, but it just doesn't feel "real-life" enough. Insistent and borderline insipid.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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½

This seems more like a project of pure egocentrism and self-indulgence from Jon Favreau, as he plays an idiot surrounded by gorgeous women like Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson in a feel-good story that will only feel good to himself - really, it doesn't even have a real conflict.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

A little-viewed gastronomical gem that was mercilessly mocked by "Esquire" magazine - a publication I ordinarily revere! Jon Favreau's not really my cup of French Onion Soup, but his "fat-strong" physicality really fits the character of media-maligned celebrity chef Carl Casper looking for his new culinary bliss. The little visual details (like the chef's knife tattooed on his inner forearm and his impressive speed-julienning skills) had me convinced that Favreau must be a real Epicurean. The food looks glorious, of course - a bon vivant's dream. The exposition goes on for too long though; the restaurant owner is so illogically pig-headed about not giving Casper free rein over the menu, which needlessly drags out the inciting showdown of chef vs. food critic. However, the father-son-mentor-apprentice-food-truck-road-trip-bonding movie that eventually begins is quite adorable and inspirational. There are small conflicts, but they are solved in realistic ways in good time, and the supporting gang of sous-chefs played by John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale adds some spicy ethnic flair. RDJ makes a very RDJ-esque cameo, ScarJo rocks a Bettie Page look, and Sofia Vergara's maternal instinct is impressively subdued.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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