Tortilla Soup
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A remake of Ang Lee's family comedy Eat Drink Man Woman, Maria Ripoli's Hispanic-American ensemble feature set in Southern California about a veteran chef named Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo), who is slowly losing his sense of taste. He has three daughters, all of whom have chosen different paths. There is Letitia (Elizabeth Pena), the oldest and most repressed of the bunch, a rigid schoolteacher who is a member of the Christian faith. His youngest, Maribel (Tamara Mello), is the most assured, though plagued by doubts. His middle daughter Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors) is most like him… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Only some of the characterizations exhibit subtlety, though most of the performances have considerable charm."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"If your erotic inclinations tilt toward the table, Tortilla Soup will probably offer nothing short of hardcore pleasure. If not, but see it you must, close your eyes and think of other appetites."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"While this cheerful film has nothing particularly new to say about the ties that hold family members together even when they're driving each other crazy, it's a pleasure to watch such a talented ensemble at work."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great filmmaking? No, but it's warmly enjoyable and a pleasant way to spend an evening."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There's nothing original here, but the film is pleasant enough, and it's a pleasure to see Elizondo on the screen again. Peña, Obradors and Mello are fine as well."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Thanks to a perfectly blended ensemble led by Hector Elizondo, in his best screen role to date, Tortilla Soup is a warm-blooded winner with equal emphasis placed on taste buds and heartstrings."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"The writers have swiped Lee's basic premise and main characters, while pretty much ignoring his skill and sensitivity."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"Like a drunken karaoke version of a classic song, this derivative piece of filmmaking does little but blemish our memories of the magic it is trying to copy."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The romantic foodie movie of the season is upon us, and a delicious dish it is."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Though the cast are willing, the movie plods along in need of the zingy flavours and hot spices we see going into Elizondo's cooking."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A filling but unoriginal dish."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"This movie has a lot of heart and soul into it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"English-language Mexican-family version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman doesn't duplicate the subtleties of the original."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Hector Elizondo lords over his uniquely messed-up offspring with a knowing twinkle in his eye. He's having fun, and so are we."
‑ Christopher Null,
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