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No Reservations

Release Date: February 12, 2008
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Lily Rabe
Genre: Drama, Romance

Review: Achieving balance in one's life can be a difficult process, but master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) leads a regimented, very ordered existence running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant and revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When Kate's sister is unexpectedly killed in an automobile accident and her 9-year old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) comes to live with Kate, Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Enter a newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), whom Kate perceives as a serious rival, and thus begins an impassioned struggle on Kate's part to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff. Even as they clash, Kate is inexplicably drawn toward Nick, eventually coming to the realization that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe. Based on the screenplay for Mostly Martha, Catherine Zeta-Jones carries the lead well in this romantic comedy and there's a nice chemistry between herself and Aaron Eckhart as well as a poignant performance by Abigail Breslin. And, of course, and the food looks simply scrumptious...more

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No Reservations

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Release Date: July 27, 2007
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Scott Hicks
Screenwriter: Carol Fuchs, Sandra Nettelbeck
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Lily Rabe
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG (for some sensuality and language)
Official Website: NoReservationsmovie.WarnerBros.com

Plot Summary: Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery—with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin), while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Rivalry becomes romance, but Kate will have to learn to express herself beyond the realm of her kitchen if she wants to connect with Zoe and find true happiness with Nick.

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EN 5 Second Review: Decent movie, but nonetheless a chick flick that we will be forced to watch on DVD


Painted with a lightweight, pleasing brush.

Peter Veugelaers: EntertainmenNutz.com
Scene one has Chef Kate (Zeta-Jones) describing her delectable mouth-watering delicacies to her therapist (Balaban). Oh for the gloriousness of gourmet food. There’s plenty of it in this movie. Diced, split, and photographed in action on the dicing board from the kitchen of a high class New York restaurant where advertising executives dine and premiere chefs eye to work with the top brass. Food designing becomes a metaphor for Kate’s life of perfection and precision, the layers of which are chipped away...
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It's not exactly revolutionary territory but it is effectively presented and it will be hard to find viewers who aren't at least a little moved by what director Scott Hicks has placed on the screen
James Berardinelli: Reelviews
No Reservations is an adequate adaptation of Sandra Nettelbeck's 2001 German feature, Mostly Martha. While not as emotionally resonant as its inspiration and tending a little more toward melodrama, No Reservations is nevertheless a uplifting tale about love melting the heart of a cold, lonely woman...more

A culinary misfire whose comic ingredients fail to coalesce
Kirk Honeycutt: Hollywood Reporter
"No Reservations" is that rare thing -- an almost literal American remake of a foreign film, in this case writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck's "Mostly Martha." Which means that no one on this side of the Atlantic solved the problems of the original film, and therefore they carry over into this character-driven comedy about food, love and gourmet chefs...more

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