David Lee
Tanner Stransky
February 15, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

No Reservations

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/27/07
performer
Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson
director
Scott Hicks
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Carol Fuchs, Sandra Nettelbeck
genre
Drama, Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Although its title suggests carefree abandon, No Reservations can’t shake off its watered-down recipe straight out of the romantic-dramedy cookbook: Catherine Zeta-Jones is workaholic chef Kate, saddled with her dead sister’s daughter (Abigail Breslin); enter the wayward (but charming!) sous-chef (Aaron Eckhart) who — you’ll never guess! — gets Kate to open up. At least the chow looks exquisite and Breslin is completely endearing. EXTRAS An episode of the Food Network’s Unwrapped featuring tart interviews with the stars offers little but the movie’s blueberry-pancake recipe, but it’s still rather tasty. B-

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