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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 18 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Chef is the best thing he (Favreau) has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It's the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for. show more

  • 88
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    A slow-cooked film that's one of the most heartwarming of the young year. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Like so much in Chef, the plot resolution seems contrived and a bit silly. By then, though, we've had plenty of laughs, and generous helpings of warm feelings—the meat and potatoes of real life. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Scenes of Favreau at the grill bantering with Leguizamo and Cannavale could almost sustain an entire movie. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups. show more

  • 40
    Inkoo Kang TheWrap

    Personal or not, this lazy fantasy doesn't offer many more pleasures than an Instagram account. show more

  • 76
    William Goss

    If the Favreau-written “Swingers” concerned itself with the pursuit of meaningful romance and the Favreau-directed “Made” tackled the pursuit of a better living, then the slight if continually amusing Chef is clearly his paean to rekindling one’s passions, whether as an artist, a husband or a father. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An engaged, engaging voyage of (re)discovery that’s too in love with its subject to qualify as food porn. It’s food romance. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food. show more

  • August 29, 2014 mikesmutt
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    this movie took awhile to get going but truly worth the trip---many of the food prep scenes were very cool to watch and with some great supporting casting with the exception of Sofia Vergara's talent being wasted---Robert D and Bobby C were great in their roles--- B+

  • July 04, 2014 Julie
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    The 2014 "feel good" movie of the year! Absolutely loved this movie and it's happy, passionate message. It's a definite "go-see."

  • July 03, 2014 MGondraPsyD
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    I saw this movie last week and I found the story to be entertaining. Overall, I liked the film with the exception of a part in the movie where they were loading the foodtruck and they needed the help of some "Cubans" that were seating enjoying a break. They get the attention of the Cubans by using very profane language and telling them that they were calling the INS if the didn't help. First of all, I am a CubanAmerican and I was insulted by the use of a very dirty word to call the'Cubans', as if we only respond to that kind of profanity. In addition, I dislike when all ethnic groups from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are grouped together. We are not all the same. Also, Cubans have enjoyed, since the early '60s, immigration laws that make Cubans legal very quickly after arriving in the US, so the use of the threat of INS was a badly used generalization. I think more research needs to be done by the movie makers if they are going to use ethnic groups in their movies.

  • June 27, 2014 Goodmom42
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    Had a few slow scenes, but overall a very nice film. The cooking was amazing, please send all of that food to my house!

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  • June 15, 2014 done246
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    This movie was fabulous! It was sooo much better than I had anticipated and everyone should see it. What an excellent cast too!

  • June 12, 2014 cj9990
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    It started out a little slow but as the movie went on I thought it was great. I think every one should see it.Great cast.

  • June 11, 2014 asanti348
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    I loved this movie. It was entertaining. I laughed and rocked in my chair to the music. It was delivered perfectly. I was so hungry for a good meal after seeing Chef.


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