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Nigel's mother (Victoria Hamilton) appears to have been the world's worst cook, boiling unopened cans of food to a soggy pulp and nervously refusing young Nigel's (Oscar Kennedy) suggestions that she try an occasional fresh veg. After many a ruined dinner they fall back on that old reliable, toast-the one dish she has mastered. But Nigel loves her dearly, and is devastated by her early death, leaving him and his lonely dad (Ken Stott) to look after each other. When new cleaner Mrs. Potter (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives, her curves, charms and fabulous lemon meringue pies quickly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like its namesake, "Toast" is crusty comfort food with little nutritional substance."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"For the most part, the movie feels like an emotional vacuum, mirroring the drab vanilla and mint green interiors of the Slaters' home."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
""Charming, but oddly under-motivated...Netflixable.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A visual feast that nonetheless seems emotionally parched...despite the gorgeous toppings ladled onto it, 'Toast' remains too dry and brittle a meal to be fully satisfying."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"An all-out war that was tragic but darkly comic because the battlefield was the kitchen."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
""Toast" has three things deserving of adoration: spectacular lemon-meringue pies, the songs of Dusty Springfield and Helena Bonham Carter."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
""Toast," is by turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Enjoyment of this amiable nostalgia trip mostly hinges on one question: Do you care when the Observer scribe made his first pie?"
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The story is as familiar as white bread in "Toast," but the dramedy's point of view is a fascinating puzzle."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"like a country British superhero movie"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Director S.J. Clarkson seems oblivious to the dissonance; perhaps he's deafened by the music."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like going to a restaurant where they fill you up with tasty appetizers and delicious bread but then kick you out before the main course is served."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"What an annoying little twerp Nigel Slater is, in this odd, off-putting, light-dramatic version of food author Slater's young life."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Fans of gay coming of age stories, British cinema and/or Helena Bonham Carter shouldn't miss it..."Toast" serves as a wistful reminder of the battles we all fought to become who we are today."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"The film's first half, which chronicles Nigel's love for his mother, is lovely but it's second half, dominated by Helena Bonham Carter's harpy of a housekeeper Mrs. Potter, is perversely sadistic"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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