100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Chef is the best thing he (Favreau) has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It's the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for.
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91

HitFix

By Drew McWeeny
The film is loose and genuine and makes great use of place.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An engaged, engaging voyage of (re)discovery that’s too in love with its subject to qualify as food porn. It’s food romance.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.
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88

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
A slow-cooked film that's one of the most heartwarming of the young year.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Funny, quirky and insightful, with a bounty of interesting supporting characters and not a ton of concern about telling a conventional story.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Clark Collis
The first two thirds of Chef crackle with hunger-inducing imagery and laughter-provoking gags.
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70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
The final destination is entirely predictable — right down to the deus ex machina reappearance of an erstwhile antagonist — but the trip itself is never less than pleasant, and often extremely funny.
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50

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
Chef is so charmingly middlebrow that it's exactly the cinematic comfort food it mocks: Favreau has made not a game-changing meal to remember, but a perfect chocolate lava cake.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.