Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Mar 9, 2014
    If the Favreau-written “Swingers” concerned itself with the pursuit of meaningful romance and the Favreau-directed “Made” tackled the pursuit of a better living, then the slight if continually amusing Chef is clearly his paean to rekindling one’s passions, whether as an artist, a husband or a father.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Mar 10, 2014
    The final destination is entirely predictable — right down to the deus ex machina reappearance of an erstwhile antagonist — but the trip itself is never less than pleasant, and often extremely funny.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 10, 2014
    The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 9, 2014
    By its later scenes, Chef only finds respite from its bland qualities through the scrumptious-looking dishes constantly on display. As self-indulgent vanity projects go, this one's pretty innocuous, if only because it's always easy on the eyes.
  5. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 10, 2014
    while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore

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