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What's Cooking? Reviews

December 20, 2006
This valentine to the cultural diversity that defines L.A. is a second-tier Altman (or even Paul Thomas Anderson)a broad, accessible comedy that contrasts four large and dynamic families residing on the same street: Latino, black, Jewish, and Asian.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
The film's gluttonous overkill of food is matched only by its overacting.
January 1, 2000
The film collapses under the weight of stereotypes and a hackneyed concept.
January 1, 2000
Patient viewers will find that by the time the sparks start to fly and the tears to flow, the wait will have been worth it, to say nothing of the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Contrived, cliched and condescending.
January 1, 2000
The louder and more melodramatic the arguments get, the more overwrought the acting becomes.
January 1, 2000
Has unexpected substance and is a formidable accomplishment in that it brings dimension to its nearly 40 principal characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Like too many Thanksgiving dinners, too much squabbling really wreaks havoc on the digestion. Football, anyone?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
This film is lighthearted and smart enough to be one of the best Altmanesque ensemble comedies of the last couple of years.
January 1, 2000
The brouhahas are more undercooked than the birds.
January 1, 2000
For a canvas this broad, the portraiture is exceptionally fine.
January 1, 2000
It's a meal you may feel you've eaten before, but you nonetheless walk away stuffed and happy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
It's nothing if not well-intentioned, but
January 1, 2000
Trades in sitcom stereotypes and crosscuts predictably from family to family as if under the misapprehension that equal time is a dramatic principle.
January 1, 2000
Because the stories are so skillfully threaded together, the movie doesn't feel like an exercise: Each of the stories stands on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
It wears both its heart and its politics too obviously on its sleeve for comfort.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Like the meal itself, the movie's both filling and familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
The writers observe each family with a knowing eye and a miraculously even hand that lends the jokes the ring of truth.
January 1, 2000
A glorified TV movie.
January 1, 2000
The kind of obvious theatrics employed by Chadha do a great disservice to both her characters and her audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Chadha tries to keep so many balls in the air at once, she can't generate any steam in the individual stories.