No Reservations
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Carol Fuchs adapts writer/director Sandra Nettelbeck's screenplay for the 2001 romantic drama Mostly Martha for this Scott Hicks directed remake starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Patricia Clarkson. Kate Armstrong (Jones) is the master chef who is equally intense both in and out of the kitchen. Though Kate's "Type A" personality serves her well when whipping up meals in the trendy Manhattan eatery where she has made a name for herself, it threatens to sink her when she is named as the guardian of her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"Sometimes movies make sense in a logical way; sometimes they make only emotional sense. No Reservations makes no damned sense at all."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The cast makes the film a warm and agreeable experience."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Chalk it up as an alternative to watching a kitchen full of singing rats."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Like the well-known joke about Chinese fare %u2014 No Reservations satisfies while you're sitting down at the table, but an hour later you're hungry again."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"Bland-but-sweet dramedy more for adult palates."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"No Reservations is worth penciling in to your schedule, though it's more guilty diversion than memorable feast."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"You don't need to have been a fan of the terrific German film Mostly Martha that inspired this remake, or even to have seen the original, to recognize that her American cousin has a tendency to overcook things."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Not bad, not amazing. Just a classy romantic comedy that, like a good meal, is enjoyable enough to partake of, but the taste of which will fade soon thereafter."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"There's nothing in this story that you haven't seen before, and you'll know everything that's going to happen long before it does, yet it's all done with such charm and style that you won't care."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"This many delicious ingredients should have produced a tastier, more memorable result."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A shamelessly microwaved American rewarming of the 2002 German romantic comedy Mostly Martha."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"To see No Reservations is to see what's wrong with a lot of American movies. A remake Mostly Martha, it takes a winning recipe and adds some distinctly Hollywood flavors: It takes adult characters and has them behave like children."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Catherine Zeta-Jones controls the kitchen, but can't control my attention."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"...there's not much sparkle in the movie and even less spark to the love story."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A product of the sort of steely, soulless competence that marks so very many films as the work of professionals who view this as a job, not an art form."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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