Chef Synopsis
A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck business.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Chef is Great

By jkerensky
Chef is a movie for everyone. It has a great storyline, good acting, and nice scenery. We went to see Chef without knowing what it was about. We adored every minute of it. We need more movies that...

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By bassfly22
Fabulous movie and a heartwarming story about a man whose passion as a chef is squashed by a restaurant owner that doesn't like change. We've all been there in our jobs and personal life. Great...

Chef is a must

By pattig0417
I highly recommend this movie. The acting, story line were exceptional. I did not know anything about Chef prior to seeing it. When we gave our tickets to the usher, she said you better not be...

Wonderful!

By movie_madness411
What a great movie about food, family and friends. Great cast! One of the best films I've seen all year!...

Two words: Corn Starch

By kevinkimball
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Quite the recipe

By hardrock1141
If you want to laugh while learning or re-learning some important Life lessons then you have to see The Chef....

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By harveyrep
a great light and worm movie that had the theatre clapping at the end...

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By jeffv9512
Very good movie, uplifting and enjoyable...

great message. extremely interesting

By sami63
movie was a genuine great movie. easy to watch and follow. heartwarming, made me want to go eat some great food....

One of the best movies I've seen!

By teresadahl
This movie is an entertaining, funny, feel good movie! The food looked amazing and the music was great! The cast was wonderful and the young actor playing his son was such a natural! I recommend...

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Rated R | For Some Suggestive References and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Salty comedy about food and fatherhood is made with love.
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