|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 15, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
It's tantalizing, delectable and randy, a movie of melting eroticism and toothsome humor.
It's built of such exquisite craft -- the acting, the decor, the photography, the music -- that to refuse it is to refuse the very sensations that draw us to art, romance and maybe even life itself.
Chocolat is a seriocomic plea for tolerance, gift-wrapped in the baby blue colors of a fairy tale and served up with a sybaritic smile.
It's so easy to be mesmerized by Chocolat's brilliant indulgences that one abandons reason altogether.
A bittersweet confection that few holiday filmgoers will be able to resist, thanks to melt-in-your-mouth performances by Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench.
May not be deep, but it certainly is lip-smacking.
Too bad Chocolat isn't as seductive as its leading lady.
Certainly satisfies our hunger for a light, bright dessert, yet it may leave you hungry for more.
Has an unerring capacity for going soft whenever a hard edge is called for.
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