No Reservations

A control-freak chef is forced to embrace chaos in this romantic comedy-drama based on the German hit ‘Mostly Martha’. Catherine Zeta-Jones is Kate, head chef at a glamorous restaurant in New York. With a routine of work, therapy and more work, she thinks her life is sorted. Enter Zoe (Abigail Breslin), Kate’s newly bereaved niece, closely followed by Nick (Aaron Eckhart), a free-wheeling Italian sous-chef who likes to sing opera and spill pasta. Kate’s struggles with Zoe – to her something of an alien invasion – invite some involving dramatic moments and some comedy. But Eckhart is the wrong choice for a romantic lead – there’s still a touch of the superciliousness that makes him such a great anti-hero – and the film goes for long stretches without either laughs or pathos. With its textbook sentiment and miscast adult leads, this suffers in comparison to the German original, which was genuinely – not Hollywood – quirky. Die-hard romantics may forgive it plenty; others may prefer to check out the original.

Release details

Release date: Friday August 31 2007
Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott Hicks
Screenwriter: Carol Fuchs
Cast: Patricia Clarkson
Aaron Eckhart
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Abigail Breslin
Brian O'Byrne
Bob Balaban

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Keith M Warwick

A big money star vehicle, this contrived, stagey and rather bland remake is a disappointing yawn. The leads lack sparkle and seem uncomfortable in their roles, and the whole piece appears clunky and filled with Hollywood artifice. What could have been a good movie No Reservations fails to invoke a semblance of dynamism and its sets look staged and fake. A B movie in A movie clothes - this one is a dud!

Keith M Warwick

A big money star vehicle, this contrived, stagey and rather bland remake is a disappointing yawn. The leads lack sparkle and seem uncomfortable in their roles, and the whole piece appears clunky and filled with Hollywood artifice. What could have been a good movie No Reservations fails to invoke a semblance of dynamism and its sets look staged and fake. A B movie in A movie clothes - this one is a dud!

anonimous

i think this was an altime favourite it was funny, emotional and very touching. i loved watching this amazing masterpiece. what wounderful work

anonimous

i think this was an altime favourite it was funny, emotional and very touching. i loved watching this amazing masterpiece. what wounderful work

Louise

I saw this film yesterday, it was an advance screening of it. I thought the film was very good i enjoyed it my fiance even did, although he was the only lad in the cinema. if u like your romantic comedy then go see it.

Louise

I saw this film yesterday, it was an advance screening of it. I thought the film was very good i enjoyed it my fiance even did, although he was the only lad in the cinema. if u like your romantic comedy then go see it.

R Johnson

Great view of life. A good movie that should be seen by all because this kitchen makes trash look so much better than that usually served-up by Hollywood. The German version should get an one more star, however.

R Johnson

Great view of life. A good movie that should be seen by all because this kitchen makes trash look so much better than that usually served-up by Hollywood. The German version should get an one more star, however.

mystic

I cannot understand the low rating: I loved it. It's main flaw is seeing Jones' glamorous celebrity conflict with the character; But that's Holywood for you. To the film's credit though, there is not the gratuitous sex or breast shots that have become a staple of Hollywood. And the story is an accurate and even moving reflection of life's ups and downs, with good performances across the board.

mystic

I cannot understand the low rating: I loved it. It's main flaw is seeing Jones' glamorous celebrity conflict with the character; But that's Holywood for you. To the film's credit though, there is not the gratuitous sex or breast shots that have become a staple of Hollywood. And the story is an accurate and even moving reflection of life's ups and downs, with good performances across the board.