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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Average Rating: 3.3/5

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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.

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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

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  • 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

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Ordinary rom-com but Eckhart is appealing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

More romantic/drama than a comedy. It has more heartfelt, feel good moments than any really laugh out loud scenes. Still it was a nice story, with a good cast and well made. Just always a bit predictable.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

A nice romantic film that is great for families.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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