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  • Summary: Hortense is a small town chef and restaurant-owner whose life changes when she becomes the personal chef to the President of France.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 18, 2013
    80
    A warm and enjoyable small-scale film.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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. Collapse