Chef Reviews

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April 9, 2016
"Chef" might not be the return to form that Favreau and his fans were hoping for, but it's a gentle reminder of his charm, a charm that's gone unattended for far too long.
January 5, 2015
It's incredibly sweet, but still perplexing with its dashes of bitter.
January 5, 2015
The Hollywood ending, like too much of this promising film, suggests the recipe book.
January 5, 2015
Writer/director Jon Favreau's gentle comedy-drama Chef is an odd duck -- a schizoid effort that never seems to grasp its own strengths.
January 5, 2015
Imagine a movie written entirely by focus groups in Portland, Brooklyn and Silver Lake.
November 12, 2014
June 27, 2014
[An] uneventful and overlong drama.
June 27, 2014
Here's Chef to show us all, for now and evermore, just what a vanity project really looks like. A public service, in its way.
June 26, 2014
Co-stars John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale try hard to be funny to prop up a filmmaker-star barely trying at all.
June 12, 2014
At almost two hours long, Chef is bound to leave some audiences feeling overstuffed.
May 22, 2014
Chef is so thin and bland it doesn't even inspire contempt.
May 22, 2014
The shapeless story takes way too long to get to Carl's big moment of change, and the tension in both his professional and personal lives feels forced.
May 21, 2014
On one level, harmless food porn. On another, a rant about an artist (Jon Favreau) who gets slammed by the Internet. A movie that looks like an indie, is packaged like an indie, but which is a softball televisionistic feel-good whine.
May 15, 2014
There is nothing wrong with "Chef" except that it is so ceaselessly, excessively pleasant. There is only so much humdrum harmony one can take before the film in question grows tedious.
May 15, 2014
The movie's problems aren't small: It moves slowly, meanders everywhere and never quite arrives at a destination.
May 11, 2014
To borrow one of the many lame metaphors it employs, Chef feels horribly undercooked.
May 10, 2014
Chef is food porn with a gelatinous script and thinly drawn players propping it up
May 9, 2014
A movie that manufactures its feel-good status without really earning it. There's nothing wrong with it that an injection of tension (or story) wouldn't improve.
May 8, 2014
All these actors, and the audience too, deserved a better, tighter, more daring film. The movie meal that Favreau whips up is easy to sit through but hardly memorable.
Top Critic
May 8, 2014
For Swingers fans, seeing Favreau make something small again might be worth it-even if the results are more appetizing in theory than in execution.
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