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  • Summary: Today's Special is a heartwarming New York style Tandoori comedy. Samiris a talented cook who dreams of being a great French Chef, but when he is forced to abandon his dream and run his fathers Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights, his life is forever changed. Learning the alchemy of Indian cuisine from a mystical larger than life immigrant cab driver, Samir manages to heal himself and his family, fall in love and turn a dreary run down greasy spoon restaurant into one of New York's most talked about eateries. Today's Special is about food, family, love, magic and New York. (Sweet 180 Productions) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 17, 2010
    75
    As a movie, Today's Special is only just OK. What saves it, as it saves so very many things, is the garam masala.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 18, 2010
    75
    A modest but extremely enjoyable movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 19, 2010
    75
    Charming and mouthwatering.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 16, 2010
    60
    An overall lack of adventurousness negates any genuine sense of surprise, but credit this Indian-themed indie for spicing up a familiar and routine dish with reasonably tasty flavor.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 18, 2010
    50
    The film is engaging but also has a certain creaking familiarity.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 18, 2010
    50
    An immigrant-family comedy that hits all the sentimental clich├ęs of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.
  7. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Nov 20, 2010
    40
    It has sufficient flavor to perform relatively well in markets with significant South Asian populations or amongst serious foodies who'll flock to anything remotely germane to their passion.

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