100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It is a movie about the gradual erosion of life's seeming certainties, and it's also about the destructive immorality that may lie beneath the most exquisitely composed veneer. As we watch "Chocolat," this great director and his great actress, Huppert, convince us: Evil is.
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90

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Self-contained, enigmatic, illuminated from within, Huppert banks a performance that pays dividends throughout the film.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Like some of Hitchcock's films, the story - adapted from a novel by Charlotte Armstrong, an American mystery writer of the '40s and '50s - can be accused of stretching credibility and coincidence almost to the breaking point.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Huppert has never been this cheerful, or lethal, and the movie itself is like Hitchcock's ''Rebecca'' reshot for House & Garden, with all the ghosts pulled out of the closet.
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75

Boston Globe

The magic of their perfectly shaded performances is that you always have to wonder ... Is she really that bad?
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Not since Cary Grant offered Joan Fontaine a gleaming glass of milk has a bedtime toddy looked as suspicious as it does in Claude Chabrol's wittily enigmatic Merci pour le chocolat.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Isabelle Huppert has the best poker face since Buster Keaton. She faces the camera with detached regard, inviting us to imagine what she is thinking.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
An elegant study in perversity.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film is ridiculously overplotted, and very little of the plot serves any purpose other than to motivate what you can pretty well guess is going to happen from the outset.
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Paula Nechak
This bloodless, nuanced little thriller carries small weight save for Huppert's enigmatic, thrifty performance.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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