Chef (2014)

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.

Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

It's such a treat to see such an endearing slice o' life in the middle of this blockbuster season. There's not a single comic book character in sight.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a refreshing change of pace from typical summer fare, a story not framed around the skeleton of an old TV series or designed as a tie-in to Hasbro toys.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The film transcends to something special - if only briefly - in a moment of silent reflection upon Carl's return from the road trip. The contrived tearjerker that immediately ensues could almost be forgiven.

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Craig Offman
Globe and Mail

Chef is compelling, somewhat convincing and, according to many who know better than I, it's largely on trend.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

If "Chef" were a musical, you'd walk out humming the food - and you might end up doing that anyway.

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

It's incredibly sweet, but still perplexing with its dashes of bitter.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack ...

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Chef is so thin and bland it doesn't even inspire contempt.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It's 20 minutes too long and a hair too manipulative, but Favreau is so intent on delivering a pleasurable experience that it almost seems unfair to hold his excesses against him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Competent and more or less charming, but the plot features little credible adversity and stakes that ring hollow. It's a slice of life, sure, but it just… More
Spencer S.
A very simple concept drives "Chef" forward: food porn. Every other shot of this film is looking above a professionally staged plate of gorgeous food.… More
Carlos Magalhães
This seems more like a project of pure egocentrism and self-indulgence from Jon Favreau, as he plays an idiot surrounded by gorgeous women like Sofia Vergara… More
Nicki Marie
Not a bad movie. Just not overly exciting either. Good cast seem a little wasted here, though there is some nice shots of food and nice overall message.… More
Alice Shen
A little-viewed gastronomical gem that was mercilessly mocked by "Esquire" magazine - a publication I ordinarily revere! Jon Favreau's not really… More
Drake Tsui
A modern telling of a familiar feel-good formula. The film focuses on the familial relationship of Casper and his son while preaching the importance of finding… More