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  • Summary: Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settleHassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 7, 2014
    83
    Is “feel-good” a bad word? Critics often think so. But when a movie explores real emotions en route to its gladdening end, when it takes time to touch on serious issues along the way, it earns the right to make us feel good.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 6, 2014
    75
    Manages to be a satisfying meal, if not quite a feast, for famished adult audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    Overall this is a solid, intelligent movie about the joys of expanding our horizons — in all directions.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    Any movie with food as a motif runs the risk of pouring on the metaphor, and that happens here, too.
  5. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Aug 8, 2014
    50
    The Hundred-Foot Journey fails to replicate the sensation of sharing a quality meal. Movies of this kind should leave you feeling hungry. Compare the Indian love story "The Lunchbox" from earlier this year. You'd swear you could smell the tandoori chicken while watching it.
  6. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    The film is rife with tired food metaphors and plot twists so predictable you see them coming like travelers on the poplar-lined street that leads to the dueling restaurants.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    The Hundred-Foot Journey is likely neither to pique your appetite nor to sate it, leaving you in a dyspeptic limbo, stuffed with false sentiment and forced whimsy and starved for real delight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    A war between a Michelin starred French restaurant and a new Indian one across the road ends in peace, love, and fusion cuisine. This is aA war between a Michelin starred French restaurant and a new Indian one across the road ends in peace, love, and fusion cuisine. This is a feel good movie from Lasse Halstrom who knows how to make such a movie. I loved it, and to those who find its optimism "cheesy" I can only say the cheese here is Brillat Savarin, Chevres, St. Hubert--prime quality. The actors are all wonderful (is Helen Mirren ever anything else?), and the two young lovers are delightful--glowingly good looking and good actors to boot. Sede it in the late afternoon and treat yourself to a great dinner. Expand
  2. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    Excellent movie! The cast was excellent. The writing was superb. The location was breathtaking, and the food was exquisite. Not a boringExcellent movie! The cast was excellent. The writing was superb. The location was breathtaking, and the food was exquisite. Not a boring moment, not a slow moment. Good start, good finish. I could, and will, watch this movie again. It made you think about your priorities in life, and it made you want to cook a gourmet meal. Exactly what it should have done! Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    A precious moving beautiful story! From the opening scenic shots of the market place in India to the gorgeous French mountain valley villageA precious moving beautiful story! From the opening scenic shots of the market place in India to the gorgeous French mountain valley village where the story takes place it's a joyous poignant ride. Acting was superb especially the super talented Helen Mirren. I was totally engrossed in the story from start to finish! Many critics as usual are off base. Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    8
    A feel good story with a great cast. A little predictable but the two hours of good entertainment is worth seeing and I would recommend it toA feel good story with a great cast. A little predictable but the two hours of good entertainment is worth seeing and I would recommend it to a family member or friend. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Slight, but pleasant movie. Driven by stereotypes. It would have been more interesting if it had upset ethnic sensibilities by having an Indian girl with a French boy, as well as the mandatory French girl with Indian boy. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2014
    6
    After a disaster at home an Indian family moves to a small French village, where they decide to open a restaurant. Across the street is aAfter a disaster at home an Indian family moves to a small French village, where they decide to open a restaurant. Across the street is a one-star establishment run by a stuffy widow (Helen Mirren). The predictable culture conflicts ensue before the plot takes an extended turn around the son's culinary gifts. This is an entertaining but unoriginal movie (it is a Disney production, after all). The performances are all winning (patriarch Om Puri provides the laffs), Lasse Hallstrom's assured direction is solid and the cinematography of the countryside is lovely. It's also too long and lacking in any heft. While some may delight in its trite charms, it doesn't provide a fully-satisfying entrée. Expand
  7. Dec 5, 2014
    2
    I personally didn't like The Hundred-Foot Journey at all, it just isn't my type of movie. I found it quite boring really, it didn't appeal toI personally didn't like The Hundred-Foot Journey at all, it just isn't my type of movie. I found it quite boring really, it didn't appeal to me. However it is something different, which is good because you don't want to keep watching the same movie over and over again. But overall, it's not really my thing. Expand

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