No Reservations


No Reservations

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This romantic comedy may look good on paper, but it's too predictable and melancholy for the genre.



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Master chef Kate Armstrong lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe, while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Rivalry becomes romance, but Kate will have to learn to express herself beyond the realm of her kitchen if she wants to connect with Zoe and find true happiness with Nick.


Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Kate Armstrong
Lily Rabe
as Bernadette
Arija Bareikis
as Christine
John McMartin
as Mr. Peterson
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Peterson
as Vegetable Vendor
Bob Balaban
as Therapist
Philip Glass
as Man at Cafe
Stephanie Berry
as School Principal Ellen Parker
Yevgeniy Dekhtyar
as Truffle Dealer
Fulvio Cecere
as Fish Vendor Bob
Frank Santorelli
as Lobster Vendor
Arden Lewis
as Line Cook Arden
A.J. McCloud
as Line Cook AJ
Mario Morales
as Line Cook Mario
Sam Kitchin
as Mr. Matthews
Rob Leo Roy
as Rare Steak Man
Brian Luna
as Sous Chef Applicant
David Wheir
as Sous Chef Applicant
Joey Cee
as Sous Chef Applicant
Roxanna Hope
as Sous Chef Applicant
Jeanne Omlor
as Waitress
Noah Petroski
as Sean's Twin
Nicholas Petroski
as Sean's Twin
Lorca Simons
as Rare Steak Woman
Patrick Zeller
as Leah's Husband
Gretchen Wiese
as Mrs. Matthews
Angel Rosa
as Busboy
Hani Shihada
as Chalk Artist
Akira Takayama
as Produce Customer
Henry Kwan
as Delivery Guy
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Critic Reviews for No Reservations

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (93)

  • Alas, this is one of those Hollywood copies that is perfectly decent in its acting and direction but hopelessly deficient in originality and any real flair.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Here is a romcom that has been developed on a Petri dish in some unspeakable secret department at the Porton Down biological warfare unit, designed to release a gaseous vapour into cinemas, rendering the civilian population immobile.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • After Nick's opera karaoke I was ready to bludgeon my own ears off with a meat tenderiser.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The combined know-how of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay couldn't salvage the unappetising concoction that is No Reservations.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    Top Critic
  • Sometimes movies make sense in a logical way; sometimes they make only emotional sense. No Reservations makes no damned sense at all.

    Jul 27, 2007
  • No Reservations is worth penciling in to your schedule, though it's more guilty diversion than memorable feast.

    Jul 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for No Reservations

  • Feb 27, 2017
    The movie poster suggested "No Reservations" would be a rom-com -- but there was no discernible "com" actually in it. While there certainly was a modicum of romance, the story is much better characterized as a drama focused on a career-minded woman taking on the responsibility of raising her traumatized niece after a terrible tragedy, and who grudgingly allows a cute but insipid male sidekick into the house as a hanger-on. It was entertaining from the professional kitchen angle, but there did not seem to be much leavening in the bread.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    A nice romantic film that is great for families.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2010
    There are no reservations about likening No Reservations to a hugely popular food staple known for satiating even the stodgiest of palettes…a candy bar. For that is what this innocuous romantic-dramedy affords filmgoers—not a filling 4-star meal but a sugary snack. Unfortunately, these particular sweets have also been known to cause belly-aches. With this particular confection, the audience can see the simplistic connect-the-dots denouement, climax, and resolution coming from a mile away—the opening credits, to be exact. The only wine that movieoers will get with this entrée is their own as they cry over the loss of the two hours and $9 that they will get back. In the PG-13-rated No Reservations, a top-notch chef’s life (Zeta-Jones) is turned upside down when she must care for her niece (Abigail Breslin) and contend with the advances of another chef (Eckhart). Of the cast, only Breslin seems able to turn her one-note character into a 7-course performance. Given scraps to work with, she rouses even the pickiest of moviegoers, which is more than this reviewer can say for Eckhart with Zeta-Jones. As leads, these supposed stars prove as stock as stock can be—and this is not a soup reference. Her career-minded ice princess and his adventurous clown have ‘predictable results’ written all over them, butting heads then falling in love. Unfortunately, the actors barely go through the motions, bringing a wet noodle’s worth of zest and sexual chemistry to the movie. Watching No Reservations is like coming for steak and leaving with a hot dog. Bottom line: Someone left this cake out in the rain.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2010
    Not delightful, not funny, just a rather depressing drama. Everybody is kind of bland in this film, unlike the dishes they prepare. Eckhart plays the typical "come to shake it all up" guy, but even this seems forced. The films biggest problem is its weak female lead. Not so much the acting, as the character. Why is it presented as such a psychological flaw for a woman to be passionate towards her job? Zeta-Jones' character is one that will never be happy until she gets a man, despite her protests. Breslin's arrival doesn't cause too much hassle for Zeta-Jones, making this fairly uninteresting to watch. Remember ladies, if you are focused on your career then you need professional help, and the only cure is finding a good man.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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