No Reservations (1 star)

No Reservations

Romantic comedy

There are plenty of reasons to feel reserved about this maudlin romance between chefs, carelessly reheated from the rather airier 2001 Italian foodie-flick Mostly Martha. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Kate, a temperamental Nigella Lawson-type cook whose travails in the kitchen of a swanky New York restaurant are complicated by her growing responsibility for niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin). Could eccentric opera-loving chef Nick (Aaron Eckhart, shaming himself) possibly provide the catalyst for Kate to cook up a cohesive family unit from such disparate ingredients?

Shine director Scott Hicks continues his steep career slump by trying too hard to drum up sympathy for Kate’s predicament, not helped by a sonorous Phillip Glass piano score which offers little spark to illuminate Zeta-Jones’ usual deep-frozen performance. Misleadingly marketed as a chirpy romantic comedy, No Reservations’s sole virtue comes from its presentation of some pretty snappy suggestions for serving haute cuisine. But flavoured with uninspired leads and a yawnsome moral (the best recipes are, gee whiz, the ones you make yourself, sob, sob), No Reservations offers all the class and taste of a leg of factory chicken from the bar-code reduced section of your local 24-hour shop. (Eddie Harrison)

General release from Fri 31 Aug.

No Reservations

  • 1 star
  • 2007
  • US/Australia
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Scott Hicks
  • Written by: Carol Fuchs, Sandra Nettelbeck
  • Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

Maudlin romance in which Zeta-Jones plays Kate, a temperamental cook whose travails in the kitchen of a swanky New York restaurant are complicated by her growing responsibility for her niece Zoe (Breslin). Could eccentric chef Nick (Eckhart) possibly provide the catalyst for Kate to cook up a cohesive family unit from…

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