No Reservations

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Released 2007

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Director:
Scott Hicks
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG
No Reservations is a romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks, based on the German film Mostly Martha, which centers on Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones), an uptight control freak of a talent chef who lives her life just as she would work a recipe – seriously, strictly, and unemotionally. Despite her boss, Paula’s (Patricia Clarkson), attempt at getting her to break out of her rigidity, which includes a demand for therapy – she typically repeats recipes instead of sharing her feelings, Kate has trouble dealing with customers, especially if they tell her how to work her food. When her sister, the only one she’s ever been somewhat normal around, dies in a car accident, her young niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) is left in her care. Kate’s life is turned upside down trying to handle her withdrawn niece and the new sous-chef, free-spirited, loud, and flexible Nicholas Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), who Kate swears is trying to steal her kitchen. Kate learns the hard way that life is not like a recipe and a little spontaneity can bring about the greatest of flavors.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times

    The emotional details of Kate, Nick and Zoe's journey are surprising, honest and life-size, and the film's determination to present their predicament sympathetically, without appea...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Agreeably prepared and attractively presented, this remake of the tasty 2001 German feature "Mostly Martha" bears too many earmarks of Hollywood packaging and emotional button-push...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The movie feels stubbornly, resolutely disingenuous and one-dimensional. Everything in it isdesigned to make you feel better, so why does it feel artificial and palliative in that ...

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