Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21

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  1. When the enchanted crab is the most appealing character in a movie, you know you're in some serious metaphoric hot water.
  2. A tuneless variation on the working girl-captivates-Mr. Big formula that has propelled fairy tales as old as Cinderella.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    The premise was a yummy one in the Mexican hit "Like Water for Chocolate," but it's best to pack Tums in case of heartburn this time around. [5 February 1999, Life, p.11E]
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Much like a botched souffle that fails to rise, Simply Irresistible is a bland confection that remains doggedly earthbound while attempting flights of romantic fantasy.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    Insipid, maudlin mush.
  6. The two leads are unappealing, the story is dragged on for days and the rather random magical element renders any human factor irrelevant..
  7. 20
    Eminently resistible, an unclassifiable cinematic leftover best left untasted.
  8. 20
    A betrayal of all things Buffy, not to mention a complete waste of Gellar’s strengths as a young actress. Even the most hardcore of her fans would do well to give it a miss.
  9. The dialogue is fast but bad, the acting is loud but awful and the morality is chaste but unromantic. As for the food, it looks vulgar.
  10. 0
    Somehow both formulaic and bat-shit insane. It's sort of a given that films in this genre won't be rigorous cerebral exercises, but Simply Irresistible is almost hypnotic in its unyielding stupidity.

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