Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 19, 2013
    80
    "Witty and brisk" is not the name of a French breakfast cereal, but it does describe a certain brand of French film, the type that coquettishly flirts with comedy while sprinting in the direction of dry, sophisticated charm. Such is Haute Cuisine.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 18, 2013
    80
    A warm and enjoyable small-scale film.
  3. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Writer-director Christian Vincent and co-writer Étienne Comar, aided by Frot's quiet intensity, imbue Hortense's quest to pull off culinary miracles with an urgency that's almost absurdly compelling, and all the more entertaining for it.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    An epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 18, 2013
    70
    Its restraint is its strength. The focus on a woman's passionate hard work without need of marital-status back story is refreshing.
  6. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Mar 5, 2013
    70
    Haute Cuisine is light on plot, long on flavor and deliciously French.
  7. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Sep 22, 2013
    67
    Unfortunately, the film itself is so determinedly middle-brow with little to dislike other than how eager it is to please and how wary it is of offending. Unlike Hortense’s flavorful cooking, Haute Cuisine is aggressively bland.
  8. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 20, 2013
    67
    Narrowness of focus keeps the movie from becoming bloated with self-importance, but it also leaves it feeling a little inconsequential.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 27, 2013
    63
    Haute Cuisine provides no huge revelations or profound messages, but it is sweetly and consistently engaging — a tasty treat that’s not entirely filling but perfectly enjoyable all the same.
  10. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    A bonbon, not of a full-course meal. Foodies will smack their lips over many delectable shots of victuals prepared by the film's engaging protagonist, a provincial woman chosen to cook for the president of France. As a story, though, it's insubstantial - there's conflict here, but it feels perfunctory.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    Haute Cuisine proves the limits of cinema: It’s a movie that needs Taste-o-Vision.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    As flatly directed by Christian Vincent, Haute Cuisine is a reserved, très simple tale that raises the occasional smile and tummy rumble but keeps hiccuping because of the drawn-out parallel story about her subsequent tour of duty.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Garrett
    Sep 17, 2013
    40
    The film’s Antarctic framing device (wait, what?) feels unearned and distracting, regardless of its veracity. But there’s plenty to behold, including a killer Gâteau Saint-Honoré.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 26, 2013
    38
    Offers all the ingredients for a great feast of enticing visions and thematic concerns, only to have them be prepared, plated, and served with the grace of Elmer Fudd.
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  1. Oct 5, 2013
    8
    Haute Cuisine is a charming, excellently paced, and well written film. Foodies and especially those who admire French cuisine will get a great deal out of this film. But even those not particularly atuned to fine French cooking will enjoy this film about a female chef hired by the French President for his private kitchen, and her adventures with the male cooks and chefs of the main kitchen. But this is handled in a very sophisticated manner, without temper tantrums and underhanded activities between the parties. Full Review »