The Mistress of Spices
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Director Paul Mayeda Berges adapts author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni magic realist tale about an enchanting Indian orphan who has leaned to harness the magical properties of spices. Orphaned by regional strife in her homeland of India, Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) is subsequently kidnapped by a vicious gang of bandits. A daring escape is quick to follow, and soon after washing up on mysterious shores the traumatized girl is sheltered by a benevolent old woman (Zohra Segal) who reveals to her the remarkable powers of common spices. Later, after moving to Oakland, California and opening her own spice… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"About all that can be said about The Mistress of Spices is that actress Rai manages to retain a straight face while uttering some of the most risible dialogue ever heard in a supposedly serious drama."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"It's acted with the artificiality of an After School special, the one-note brooding of McDermott especially, and with the endless monologues, the script descends into endless, boring narrative exposition."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Emphasizes the pleasures of scent, taste and touch to a remarkably tantalizing degree."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Despite the ethereal presence of Aishwarya Rai in the title role, unquestionably one of the most beautiful women on the planet, this savory dose of magic realism goes off almost from the start."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Magic and realism just don't belong together here."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"Imagine Like Water for Chocolate without the passion. Such is the premise of Mistress of Spices, Paul Mayeda Berges's film-directing debut."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"...the film abandons logic and plausibility to such a degree that it quickly becomes impossible to overlook the more fantastical elements..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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