Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Only a quite over-the-top character played by Raquel Welch strikes any false note. Otherwise, Tortilla Soup is a real chef's special.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    83
    At times, the movie smacks of a standard-issue Hollywood chick flick, especially in the obligatory scene where the women bond by singing and dancing in a kitchen (to Doris Day's ''Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps'').
  3. As tasty and nourishing as one of Martin's finest meals.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    80
    A warm-blooded winner with equal emphasis placed on taste buds and heartstrings.
  5. 75
    The movie is cast so well that the actors bring life to their predictable destinies, and Elizondo casts a kind of magical warm spell over them all.
  6. 75
    Appeals to a universal appetite for stories that are as rich and warm as they are flavorful.
  7. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    75
    Much of the charm in Tortilla Soup comes from Elizondo as Martín. He plays the devoted patriarch so alluringly.
  8. 75
    English-language remakes of foreign films are usually suspect, but Tortilla Soup is the exception that proves the rule - a flavorful comedy about a food-centric Latino family in Los Angeles.
  9. Flavorful and fun. "Muy sabroso y divertido," as Martin might say.
  10. It's a resplendently basic, lovey- dovey and inside-out "King Lear."
  11. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Its attributes and achievements are modest, but its arias, duets, and ensembles are engaging all the same.
  12. In spirit and nuance, this is an amazingly faithful remake.
  13. It's not as good as "Eat Drink Man Woman," for no imitation ever surpasses its original; but it's so brimful of life you can't say no.
  14. If you care more about the quality of the movie than the food, language or location, there's no choice: Order Chinese.
  15. 60
    While this cheerful film has nothing particularly new to say about the ties that hold family members together even when they're driving each other crazy, it's a pleasure to watch such a talented ensemble at work.
  16. Overwhelmingly predictable despite its cute surprise ending, Tortilla Soup is a filling but unoriginal dish.
  17. The whole cast is good. It's too bad all that good work isn't in service to a better, or certainly more original, script.
  18. 50
    The script, which infantilizes one of the older siblings as much as the father does, undermines its own admonitions against parents and adult children meddling in one another's lives.
  19. 40
    Opting for this refried mash over Lee's rentable beauty is like choosing canned beans over an Asian feast.
  20. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    Tortilla Soup feels instantly dated, distinguishable from EDMW only by some attractive close-ups of avocado.
  21. 40
    As predictable as a fast-food restaurant. The actors' exuberance goes a long way, but not far enough.
  22. The real star of the film is the food, which is sliced, diced, shredded, rolled, sautéed and fricasseed to mouthwatering perfection.
  23. 20
    It is, however, Tortilla Soup's cultural transposition that feels most phony. Where Lee brings depth and subtle observation to his middle-class ensemble piece, Ripoll has simply added a thin Latino glaze.

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