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Master chef Kate runs her trendy Manhattan eatery with a no-nonsense intensity and when a new sous-chef who joins her staff, he could not be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable.
Romantic Drama - This is a light comedy-drama aimed primarily at women. The film
isn't quite the romantic comedy that the ads suggest but more of a
general comedy-drama with some romantic elements and a child-adult
relationship more at its center. Fans of star Catherine Zeta-Jones
will get their fill here though Aaron Eckhart's fans may be
disappointed by his more secondary role.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good 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.
Roger EbertFull Review Average It goes through the motions, but the characters seem to feel more passion for food than for each other.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 191 moviegoers:GREAT REVIEWS! Approximately half rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic." Most of the remaining half rated it "Very Good," which indicates an above average movie. A few moviegoers, especially twentysomething males, rated it average, but no one disliked it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
A master chef, Kate (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES) lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan—with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection.
More at ease behind the scenes, she only leaves the sanctuary of her kitchen to accept compliments for one of her signature dishes, or, on rare occasions, to tangle with a customer who dares question her expertise. After work, most nights find her in bed before midnight, set to rise at dawn to beat her competition to the fish market for the next day's freshest selections.
Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when a brash new sous-chef joins her staff, the high-spirited and freewheeling Nick (AARON ECKHART). A rising culinary star himself, Nick favors opera while working and loves to make everyone around him laugh. His casual approach to both life and cuisine couldn't be more different from Kate's, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable…as is the discord, like forks clanging off a granite countertop.
It might be easier to deal with this turbulence at work if Kate wasn't already off-balance at home, struggling to connect with her nine-year-old niece, Zoe (ABIGAIL BRESLIN), who has recently—and very unexpectedly—come to live with her. A bright, perceptive child, more comfortable with fish sticks than foie gras, Zoe is clearly out of place in Kate's routine but Kate is determined to make a home for her…just as soon as she figures out how.
As the weeks progress, Kate is not sure what steams her more—that Nick's talent scores big points with 22 Bleecker's owner, Paula (PATRICIA CLARKSON), and its discriminating clientele, or that his easygoing charm quickly wins over the shy Zoe, who finds it easier to open up to him than to her aunt. But when he challenges the boundary between rivalry and romance,
Kate finds herself questioning, for the first time in years, some of the choices and beliefs that have made her so self-sufficient and so safe.
If she wants to forge a real bond with Zoe, find happiness with Nick and rediscover her appetite for life, Kate will have to try something bold and new, and learn to express herself outside the realm of her kitchen.
That would be like trying to cook without a recipe. But, as Kate discovers, sometimes the best recipes are the ones you create yourself.