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: May 9, 2014
DVD 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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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

[Chef] is good-tasting, family friendly and down-to-earth, which is perhaps the best description of this film as it rockets to a predictable and heartwarming conclusion.

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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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Movies don't come more mouth-watering than Chef, written, directed and starring Jon Favreau.

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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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Bill Graham
The Film Stage

Favreau lets his character not only have flaws, but also allows him to grow without actually fixing those flaws.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Never has food looked this delicious on the screen. If you watch this film hungry, you will probably starve, if you watch it full, you'll get hungry again.… 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
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