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  • Summary: No ordinary boy, Nigel, laps up cookbooks, spending all his time gazing longingly at the delights on offer in Percy Salt’s grocers. Nigel’s father, meanwhile, worries that there is something “wrong” with his son and the two find it difficult to connect. Nigel finds it far easier relating to Josh, the gardener, who teaches Nigel about the wonders of nature as they sit munching freshly picked radishes and pork pies. After Nigel’s mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father heartbroken, the two struggle on fuelled by cheese on toast, until a saucy new cleaner who makes lemon meringue pies to die for, (played with gusto by Helena Bonham Carter), arrives. She sets her sights on Nigel’s father, and cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle between then for his father’s affections. (Emerging Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 9, 2011
    80
    By turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    Ms. Bonham Carter's hearty performance makes Mrs. Potter almost lovable. You may laugh at her garishness, but you applaud her pluck and stamina.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Sentimental, obvious, but well-nigh irresistible, this jubilant comedy equates England's bland cuisine with its sexual inhibition and suggests we could all use something a little more tasty (at dinnertime, that is).
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 19, 2011
    50
    Joan aside, the film goes down easy enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 23, 2011
    50
    Based on a memoir by Nigel Slater, a British celebrity chef who makes a cameo appearance, Toast also charts the budding chef's growing interest in hunky, scantily clad guys. Be warned: Some of the regional British accents would benefit from subtitles.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 20, 2011
    50
    Slater's book was evidently an ax-grinder, and the resulting film, directed with tone-deaf comic rhythm by S.J. Clarkson, shows pity and bemusement for the people raising Nigel but rarely human interest in them. More damning still, even the food looks ugly.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 13, 2011
    38
    I could pile on the cooking metaphors until you cried "uncle," but the fact remains that there's a very good movie in here that its makers have failed to bring off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A joyful movie with many sweet desserts~~ When you upset, watch this movie ,you'll be cheerful~~ In this world,Tow things can save us ,One is Love,Another one is Delicious food~ Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2012
    4
    Toast would be a descent movie if it wasn't for the fact that the main protagonist is an elitist, mean spirited swine who loves nothing more than to taunt and provoke his 'evil' stepmother. Speaking of 'evil' stepmothers, this particular one commits the horrific sin of being a competitive cook... Wow. That's something that truly deserves relentlessly horrible treatment and finally ex-communication from the 'hero'. What a git! Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    2
    Here is how I imagine this hypothetical sequence of events. Screenwriter Lee Hall, best known for the Billy Elliot script, sat down and read Nigel Slaterâ Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2012
    1
    Wow. How could anyone give this a good review? Gary Goldstein, etc. should get their heads checked. The relationships between the characters are completely underdeveloped and contradictory, I had no empathy for anyone in the movie. How could characters based on real people be so one-dimensional and phony? Nigel is an unlikable brat, the father is a complete cartoon character, and the mother is an unloving zombie. My wife cries for almost every movie, but not for this supposed "tear jerker". Expand