It's a tear jerker but lighthearted!~! (by Roxburyfunny1)
I really hoped that this film would not be like the others where it's another family loss and then the relative takes care of them. In other words those films were good but I didn't want the comparison and with those I don't know but it didn't really click for me. This film was brilliant on some many levels. First with the cast because Catherine Zeta Jones has yet to disappoint me when it comes to her picking films and acting in them. Abigail Breslin came from Signs to this and she is incredible. I believe she will be the next Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, or Joan Cusack. <more>
Aaron Eckhart now there's a cutie to the fullest. He was just incredible and so likable. This film was beautifully written and you will shed some tears so for the easy sensitive criers or for those who have "over productive tear ducts" bring tissue and a mom, dad or good friend who you would like to share this with because it was truly a delight. I recommend this movie to those who love to life, cry and watch life unfold on screen. Bring Tissues!~!
Run, don't walk to see NO RESERVATIONS. (by magnifique-2)
I have just spent the most enjoyable hour and a half watching 'chef' Catherine Zeta Jones CZJ , her male 'sous chef,' and a refreshingly talented young girl. The story is simple, the writing is excellent, the direction and pacing are perfect-with no slow spots, the lighting is exactly as it should be in each setting, and, the music is eclectic and exceptional. NO RESERVATIONS is set in a restaurant's kitchen with CZJ as the perfectionist head and only chef over a large team of cooks. She discovers herself through life experiences new to her. This is a 'feel <more>
good' PG movie that is a most welcome attraction at the cinema. End note: I stayed through the entire end credits just to hear some of the songs again. I shall purchase the CD, which is only the second time I've done this in recent memory. Do not deny yourself this most agreeable entertainment.
I think this movie is EXCELLENT! I LOVE IT! It's story is a bit like Raising Helen, however, it's different. I think, the blossoming relationship between Kate and Zoe, is very cute and Kate and Nick's relationship is adorable, also. I think films like this work well, because it shows how two people can bond from almost no relationship at all. I love Catherine Zeta Jones, as an actress, Aaron Eckhart is hot!! Abigail Breslin is also very cute! She was also in Raising Helen I think it's also great how the story is different from usual. Most are about people with high-paying <more>
jobs who have to come back down to earth, however this is just about a chef, which is great because it's just simple!
I loved the German film Mostly Martha that is the basis of this remake, and I was worried that the transition to Hollywood would spoil all the things that made the original so delightful. But I was very pleasantly surprised. There is a substantial plot change, but it doesn't wreck the movie, and a lot of the original dialog is kept word-for-word. Even if you know nothing about the original film, this is a lovely romantic comedy. During the sold-out preview show that I attended, people were laughing at the right moments and feeling moved at the right times too, and the casting was spot <more>
on - Catherine Zeta-Jones is perfect as the work-obsessed Kate dealing with the disruption of her perfectly-ordered life and Aaron Eckhart is irresistible with his mop of hair and those dimples. And what can you say about Abigail Breslin except that she's the most natural child actor working today. If you like romantic comedies, you'll like this one - it's smart, charming and you're rooting for the couple from the minute they meet. I can recommend this without reservations.
I absolutely loved this movie. It has an amazing cast Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin that light up the screen. This is a must see romantic-comedy to get away from all the CGI films and other fare out there.The New York Times says; "Make no mistake: "No Reservations" is a factory-sealed romantic comedy. It embraces dark emotions in early scenes showing Kate and Zoe's grief, then moves on quickly, perhaps out of fear that viewers will deem it a downer. There's never any doubt that Nick has Kate and Zoe's best interests at heart, or that they <more>
all will find happiness on its own sweet terms.""...the emotional details of Kate, Nick and Zoe's journey are surprising, honest and life-size, and the film's determination to present their predicament sympathetically, without appealing to retrograde ideals of femininity and motherhood, makes it notable, and in some ways unique."Variety says; "All the same, Zeta-Jones is in her element as a formidable woman one messes with, professionally and personally, only at one's peril. Dominating the kitchen like a field commander, her Kate may have stringently repressed desires and emotional frustrations she refuses to confront but, then again, she may not, and imagining that the latter is the case constitutes her greatest appeal. And, yes, she looks pretty darn good in her tight-fitting work uniform.""The lanky, exuberant Eckhart might seem an odd match for his co-star's cool, dark beauty, but this mostly works to the film's benefit; thesp makes Nick's quirkiness winning rather than grating as he stealthily charms Zoe while restraining himself with Kate. Breslin again shows she's got the right stuff by playing a bereaved kid without asking for sympathy."
Wonderful film! Fun and sad and wonderfully acted by all (by jessie-39)
We start all of our reviews with the following information. My wife and I have seen nearly 100 movies per year for the past 15 years. Recently, we were honored by receiving lifetime movie passes to any movie any time at no cost! So we can see whatever we want whenever we want. The point of this is that CRITICS count for ZERO. Your local critics or the national critics like Ebert are really no different than you or me. The only difference is that they get to write about the movie and are forced to see hundreds of movies whether they want to or not.Therefore, it is our belief that if you get <more>
your monies worth for two hours of enjoyment that is good enough for us! We NEVER EVER listen or read the critics. We only care about our friends and those who we know like the same things as us. Well enough about that.Wonderful film. Catherine Zeta great and beautiful as always. Aaron Eckhart terrific and that little Abigail Breslin who we hated in Little Miss Sunshine for which she was nominated for an academy award is simply fabulous in this movie. This kid is already an established actress. Great movie if you love to eat! Not for those under 13.. a bit too sad..Don't miss it.
No Reservations About "No Reservations" (by brenttraft)
"No Reservations" is not a great film, nor does it pretend to be. It is very predictable and follows the formula used in countless other movies. Despite that, it give you everything you want from this type of film and is better than many of the sequels that have come out this year.Catherine Zeta Jones is as beautiful as ever. There is a nice dose of Verdi and Puccini opera arias, and Abigail Breslin steals the film like she did with "Little Miss Sunshine." I have not liked Aaron Eckert in the past, but in this film he brings happiness to the otherwise dour Zeta Jones.Some <more>
of the professional critics said they like the original German film "Mostly Martha" better, but I thought that "No reservations" improved on the original in every possible way. The only valid criticism I could find was that Catherine Zeta Jones is too beautiful to be believable as a lonely chef. That is a flaw I can live with.If you are looking for a break from the so-called Summer "action" films, "No Reservations" is not very original, but it certainly fits the bill. The only drawback is that you will definitely leave the theater feeling really hungry for good food.
Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting (by jemps918)
Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting and performances of the actors.The forever beautiful and talented Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago, The Mask of Zorro is spot on as Kate, a workaholic chef at hoity toity 22 Bleeker. Kate unexpectedly inherits her niece Zoe, played tremendously well by Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine . Real-life motherhood must have enabled Zeta-Jones to show her softer side with the restraint her character called for.Aaron Eckhart Thank You for Smoking, Black Dahlia is Nick, the Italian-trained, opera-singing, charismatic <more>
new chef who invades Kate's precision-perfect French kitchen. Nick is Kate's quintessential opposite and eventually helps her sort out her trust issues and even enhances her parenting skills.It is refreshing to see CZJ back on the silver screen where she belongs, and playing a non-glamorous character for once, even sans makeup in some scenes. At 38 years old, that is a brave feat indeed and this courage is consistent with all the flawed characters she likes to play .Her on screen chemistry with Eckhart is positively sizzling, and his cockiness to her coolness effectively makes you forget about the trite plot. While Zeta-Jones has also been criticized for being too beautiful for the role of a lonely chef, that is actually one of the ironies of life that this movie uncovers: beauty and talent doesn't really guarantee bliss.Despite the awful MTV-like montage of the trio grocery shopping and the rest of the unspectacular elements, overall, the movie makes you feel for the characters. You leave the cinema all warm and fuzzy, and that makes the execution of No Reservations a success.
A great performance by Catherine Zeta-Jones Kate and Aaron Eckhart Nick . Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart complement each other very well, the movie doesn't feel complete until Eckhart comes in. The real prize, however, goes to Abigail Breslin who plays Zoe, Kate's niece. Abigail Breslin's facial expressions and reactions to her new environment are what makes this movie possible.*SPOILERS*Kate is a cold hearted women who's life is the kitchen at which she works in one of the city's best restaurants. When her sister unexpectedly dies she is left with her niece <more>
Zoe. To add to her misfortune her boss Paula Patricia Clarkson hires a new chef to help out while Kate tries to pull her life back together. Kate can't find anyway to relate to Zoe until she brings her to her kitchen where Nick has taken a firm hold of things.Nick is a laid back chef from Italy who loves listening to Opera while he works, this does not sit well with Kate as she doesn't like "distractions". To Kate's surprise Nick and Zoe bond very quickly and when Kate let's Zoe have one wish her wish is for Nick to come over so she could cook diner with him. After Nick spends the evening with Kate and Zoe an instant connection is made between them all.Instead of competing Nick and Kate work together, however after Paula offers Nick Kate's job thing's go downhill, instead of asking Kate for everything Paula starts asking Nick. The suspicious Kate confronts Nick about the situation at which point Nick reveals he's been offered Kate's job. A few more calamities later Kate quits and goes home to Zoe.Zoe hasn't seen Nick around for a while and asks Kate if there's something wrong, Kate tells Zoe Nick isn't coming back, however, she finds out later that Nick didn't accept Paula's offer. The next day Zoe is missing, and with the help of Nick she is found at her mothers grave. Nick and Kate put aside their differences and start a relationship along with a new restaurant of their own.*SPOILER'S END* No Reservations is the first movie I have seen in a long time that I can say the whole family will enjoy. It is not a "chick flick" or a kid's movie, rather a family comedy everybody can enjoy.8/10 from Mraz.