Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)
Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001)

Martha is the chef at a small gourmet restaurant in Hamburg who creates mini-masterpieces in every dish. She devotes every waking hour to her work and her shyness keeps her from breaking out of her monotonous routine or meeting new people.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mostly Martha may have a predictable plot, but it still feels charming and fresh, and the food will make you hungry.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This well-made and entertaining romantic comedy drama provides ample proof that German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck can turn out a classier commercial feature than most of her Hollywood contemporaries.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Nettelbeck has given the viewer a genuine catharsis and a cinematic meal that isn't perfect -- but is all the better for it.

Emanuel Levy

Predictable but still charming German romantic comedy, centering on the erotic appeal of food

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Emanuel Levy

Though utterly predictable, this kitchen-set romantic comedy about a severe German woman and a fun-loving Italian cook, has a certain charm, and it's about food, which speaks well for commercial appeal.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography.

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

German film about finding family.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Nettelbeck serves the tastiest film about food and sex since Big Night.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flavorful and romantic, you could call this How Martha Got Her Groove Back -- assuming, that is, she ever had one to begin with.

Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Great food scenes, good story, real characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Yummy from beginning to end. Not only is Martha quirky to watch, but the food preparation alone is worth sitting through this movie. Sweet and stylish.… More
William Goss
Effortlessly enjoyable dramedy about food and family.
Bruce Bruce
This was a great film, The one I rented had English Subtitles and was in German. It started out slow, but really picked up and was very funny. If your into… More
Leo L
An intriguing movie. Martha is a chef in a upscale restaurant when one day she gets several surprises. Her sister tragically dies in a car accident while on… More
Dean L
This is the most charming movie I have seen in a long time. It was very linear as far as foreign films go so if you want a very twisty, R Rated (as this is a PG… More
Ina S
Charming film with a delightful Martina Gedeck.