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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the movie follows Tilo (Rai), a member of an old, mystical cult that worships spice in all its forms. She is sent to Oakland to open a shop and help people using the mysterious powers of the spices. However, when she is drawn to a man (McDermott) who enters her life, she begins to question her devotion to the cause.

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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated, The Mistress of Spices reps a brave but flawed attempt at that most unforgiving of contemporary genres, magical realism.
  2. This is a one-dimensional, sometimes illogical film, but it's certainly good-looking.
  3. Shades of "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Chocolat" -- but unlike the latter's tender Juliette Binoche-Johnny Depp romance, the ordained Rai-McDermott union fails to generate any convincing heat, and no amount of cardamom pods or lotus root is going to help.
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  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. satyas.
    May 10, 2006
    Ok film. Good perfomance from Aishwarya Rai. Dylan McDermott smoulders a bit, but is ultimately overshadowed by his luminous leading lady.
  2. AaronL.
    May 12, 2006
    Stop comparing it to Chocolat! The novel "Mistress of Spcies" was written 3 years before Chocolat even came out. I would say Chocolat copied Mistress of Spices. Aishwarya Rai is etheral and so emotive. The cinematography is amazing, a feast for the senses. An extremely magical film. Expand
  3. AndrewB
    Jun 29, 2008
    My wife and I loved this movie. Aishwarya Rai is a beauty beyond measure, and captures the mystery and romance of this well directed film.
  4. Nov 20, 2010
    This film was silly and childish and unreal. Very little makes sense. I think the book was good but the script was very poor. The part where she talks TOO the spices and asks for help is just silly. It's very cliche with godawful acting. Expand
  5. MarcusN.
    Jun 2, 2007
    The only reason I give this piece of rubbish one point is that it finally ended. A mystery how it can be listed as "a comedy that indulges your senses" on the DVD cover. There is no humor in the film and no senses were indulged. In fact, the movie appears to be a 95 minute photo-shoot of Aishwarya Rai, an actress capable and deserving of far more than this waste of time. Expand
  6. HinaA.
    Sep 4, 2008
    Useless, worthless movie. An insult to film and actors.
  7. SharukhK.
    Sep 19, 2008
    This is a stupid boring movie. Who ever is this Gurinder Chada's husband is a knuckle head. The movie is listed as a comedy, whereas A. Rai puts up a constipated look all through the movie. It's a disaster piece of shit. Expand

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