The Mistress of Spices
The Mistress of Spices (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Derek Elley

Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

Emphasizes the pleasures of scent, taste and touch to a remarkably tantalizing degree.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Magic and realism just don't belong together here.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

Imagine Like Water for Chocolate without the passion. Such is the premise of Mistress of Spices, Paul Mayeda Berges's film-directing debut.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film abandons logic and plausibility to such a degree that it quickly becomes impossible to overlook the more fantastical elements...

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
I watched this a long time ago. It's okay.
Kylie B
The novel was amazing and this did not fail to deliver. The book always reminded me of Chocolat, but this adaptation was both far more faithful and far more… More
Arash Xak
Ridiculous & stupid, And Rai is kinda annoying
Dannielle Albert
The ethereal beauty of this movie is thanks to the most gorgeous woman in the world in the title role as well as the vibrant colors and magical music that allow… More
Mason Williams
A lovely film with beautiful colors placed into the film...can a woman whom can assist with destiny for others find her true love?? ....Aishwarya Rai is… More
Deb S
Mistress of Spices is a mythical tale of a woman who at a young age discovers she can see things others could not and uses her power of the spice, to help them.… More