Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) Reviews

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October 16, 2014
This well-made and entertaining romantic comedy drama provides ample proof that German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck can turn out a classier commercial feature than most of her Hollywood contemporaries.
July 17, 2007
Though utterly predictable, this kitchen-set romantic comedy about a severe German woman and a fun-loving Italian cook, has a certain charm, and it's about food, which speaks well for commercial appeal.
December 30, 2006
May 6, 2003
October 2, 2002
Nettelbeck serves the tastiest film about food and sex since Big Night.
September 19, 2002
Nettelbeck has given the viewer a genuine catharsis and a cinematic meal that isn't perfect -- but is all the better for it.
September 15, 2002
Nettelbeck's alliterative subtext -- food equals love, life, and longing -- is more or less obvious from the get-go, but the excellent performance from Gedeck and Castellitto belie the film's straightforward nature.
August 31, 2002
Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography.
August 31, 2002
Flavorful and romantic, you could call this How Martha Got Her Groove Back -- assuming, that is, she ever had one to begin with.
August 30, 2002
Handsome and sophisticated approach to the workplace romantic comedy.
August 30, 2002
It has the elegance associated with haute cuisine, so it rises a level above your typical Hollywood chick flick.
August 27, 2002
A sort of light celluloid snack, easy to swallow but not really nourishing.
August 24, 2002
As much as any other motion picture that employs the preparation and consumption of food as a key element, Mostly Martha provides the perfect blend of cinematic nourishment and gratification.
August 23, 2002
Sweet without being saccharine and funny without being forced.
August 23, 2002
If Mostly Martha is mostly unsurprising, it's still a sweet, even delectable diversion.
August 23, 2002
While this film is not in the least surprising, it is still ultimately very satisfying. Think of it as a sort of comfort food for the mind.
August 23, 2002
Nettelbeck throws together a child who isn't cute and a woman who isn't lovable, and the result is one of the year's more heartwarming movies.
August 23, 2002
The wonder of Mostly Martha is the performance of Gedeck, who makes Martha enormously endearing.
August 23, 2002
Gedeck is mostly marvelous.
August 23, 2002
None of this, if you'll excuse the pun, is palatable drama.
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