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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a movie, a goofy little movie. Not so bad, but as far as food and sensuality go, ``Like Water for Chocolate'' still has the edge. show more

  • 25
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    The premise was a yummy one in the Mexican hit "Like Water for Chocolate," but it's best to pack Tums in case of heartburn this time around. [5 February 1999, Life, p.11E] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Old-fashioned and obvious, yes, like a featherweight comedy from the 1950s. But that's the charm. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Falls prey to the all-too-contemporary problem of complicating the tale until the ending is not only obvious, but prayed for between yawns. [9 February 1999, Tempo, p.2] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The result is sometimes enchanting, but, more often than not, it's frustrating, because the disparate elements of the plot never quite gel. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Both actors seem too callow and shallow to actually feel all those emotional raptures they are supposedly experiencing. This is a problem exacerbated by the talent of the supporting cast. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    A gooey-sweet, beautifully photographed romantic fantasy…It's also -- at the risk of sounding like a Grinch -- a mess. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Though glossy and smoothly directed, this limp concoction has all the sparkle of flat champagne. show more

  • 20
    Film Threat

    Insipid, maudlin mush. show more

  • 20
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Eminently resistible, an unclassifiable cinematic leftover best left untasted. show more

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