Tortilla Soup (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tortilla Soup (2001)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
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Hector Elizondo
as Martin Naranjo
Jacqueline Obradors
as Carmen Naranjo
Tamara Mello
as Maribel Naranjo
Paul Rodriguez
as Orlando
Elizabeth Peña
as Leticia Naranjo
Raquel Welch
as Hortensia
Troy Ruptash
as Hairdresser
Ken Marino
as Jeff
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 (27)

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A filling but unoriginal dish.

November 22, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tortilla Soup


I loved that they kept the main theme of the movie from Eat Drink Man Woman intact and was able to effectively show the relationship scenarios cross the cultural divide making the world seem like a smaller place so to speak.

Barroni Brown
Barroni Brown

Really great movie about family and acheiving dreams.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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 Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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