Tortilla Soup


Tortilla Soup

Critics Consensus

An English remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.



Total Count: 72


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5,178
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Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Though he long ago lost his ability to taste, Martin still lives to cook incredibly lavish dinners for his loved ones and to serve them in a family-style ritual at traditional sit-down meals. Although the women humor their father's old-fashioned ways, each of them is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. College student Maribel is growing increasingly frustrated with the singles scene and wants a steady man; gorgeous career woman Carmen is fed up with her boyfriend and his wandering eye; meanwhile, eldest daughter Letitia, who has suppressed her own romantic longings, senses something missing in her life. Things take a turn for the romantic when Dad, a widower, meets a vivacious divorcee on the lookout for a mate and each of his daughters, in turn, finds someone. But they'll all discover that the recipe for happiness may call for some unexpected ingredients.

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Hector Elizondo
as Martin Naranjo
Jacqueline Obradors
as Carmen Naranjo
Tamara Mello
as Maribel Naranjo
Elizabeth Peña
as Leticia Naranjo
Raquel Welch
as Hortensia
Troy Ruptash
as Hairdresser
Louis Crugnali
as Catering Assistant
Joel Joan
as Antonio Urgell
Ulises Cuadra
as Snide Student
Mark De La Cruz
as April's Classmate
Eli Russell Linnetz
as April's Classmate
Stoney Westmoreland
as Baseball Umpire
Karen Dyer
as Jeff's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for Tortilla Soup

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (28)

  • Only some of the characterizations exhibit subtlety, though most of the performances have considerable charm.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to a perfectly blended ensemble led by Hector Elizondo, in his best screen role to date, Tortilla Soup is a warm-blooded winner with equal emphasis placed on taste buds and heartstrings.

    Dec 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ken Eisner

    Top Critic
  • Though the cast are willing, the movie plods along in need of the zingy flavours and hot spices we see going into Elizondo's cooking.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Despite a few adjustments, Ripoll's film largely remains faithful to the central plotting of Lee's original film, which presented a slightly familiar yet utterly charming tale of food and families.

    Aug 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Laura Bushell
    Top Critic
  • If your erotic inclinations tilt toward the table, Tortilla Soup will probably offer nothing short of hardcore pleasure. If not, but see it you must, close your eyes and think of other appetites.

    Mar 29, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity.

    Mar 29, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tortilla Soup

  • Feb 01, 2010
    Really great movie about family and acheiving dreams.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2010
    Funny and charming, but not as good as the original version of Ang Lee's. But the cooking is good and will make you hungry just watching them eat their dinners.
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    besides the on-going and pretty realistic drama in this somewhat functional family? - minus the very rare but relieving ocassion of purposely dropping and breaking plates, the foodsss prepared in the film really looked awesomely delicious!
    d Teh tHe TeA j Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2007
    Love this movie! A Hispanic version of "Eat Drink Man Woman". Great!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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