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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A bonbon, not of a full-course meal. Foodies will smack their lips over many delectable shots of victuals prepared by the film's engaging protagonist, a provincial woman chosen to cook for the president of France. As a story, though, it's insubstantial - there's conflict here, but it feels perfunctory. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    "Witty and brisk" is not the name of a French breakfast cereal, but it does describe a certain brand of French film, the type that coquettishly flirts with comedy while sprinting in the direction of dry, sophisticated charm. Such is Haute Cuisine. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Haute Cuisine is light on plot, long on flavor and deliciously French. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Haute Cuisine proves the limits of cinema: It’s a movie that needs Taste-o-Vision. show more

  • 38
    Chris Cabin Slant Magazine

    Offers all the ingredients for a great feast of enticing visions and thematic concerns, only to have them be prepared, plated, and served with the grace of Elmer Fudd. show more

  • 80
    Tasha Robinson The Dissolve

    A warm and enjoyable small-scale film. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Garrett Time Out New York

    The film’s Antarctic framing device (wait, what?) feels unearned and distracting, regardless of its veracity. But there’s plenty to behold, including a killer Gâteau Saint-Honoré. show more

  • 67
    Kimber Myers The Playlist

    Unfortunately, the film itself is so determinedly middle-brow with little to dislike other than how eager it is to please and how wary it is of offending. Unlike Hortense’s flavorful cooking, Haute Cuisine is aggressively bland. show more

  • 80
    Chuck Wilson Village Voice

    Writer-director Christian Vincent and co-writer Étienne Comar, aided by Frot's quiet intensity, imbue Hortense's quest to pull off culinary miracles with an urgency that's almost absurdly compelling, and all the more entertaining for it. show more

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