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A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Actors: Jon Favreau , John Leguizamo , Bobby Cannavale , Emjay Anthony , Scarlett Johansson , Dustin Hoffman , Sofía Vergara , Oliver Platt , Amy Sedaris , Robert Downey Jr.
Directors: Jon Favreau
Country: USA
Release: 2014-05-30
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  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film is loose and genuine and makes great use of place.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    If this all sounds fairly rote, it's far from it. That's because the filmmaker largely eschews done-to-death family dynamics, forced obstacles and predictable responses for authentic interaction, organic humor and a hopeful vitality.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There’s nothing terribly profound about Chef. But its message — that relationships, like cooking, take a hands-on approach — is a sweet and sustaining one.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Favreau's a big man who knows how to wield a chef's knife and shoots the food truck scenes with a hectic good nature that's infectious.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Here's a film that feeds the heart and the soul.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Christina Izzo

    A meandering middle and sticky-sweet third act can be overlooked if only for the savviness with which Favreau portrays the food world.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Chef is filled to the brim with the kind of heart and vivacity that makes up for the film’s familiar storyline.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • William Goss

    If the Favreau-written “Swingers” concerned itself with the pursuit of meaningful romance and the Favreau-directed “Made” tackled the pursuit of a better living, then the slight if continually amusing Chef is clearly his paean to rekindling one’s passions, whether as an artist, a husband or a father. Full Review
  • Craig Offman

    Chef is compelling, somewhat convincing and, according to many who know better than I, it’s largely on trend.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Favreau worked hard to replicate an authentic restaurant world, and it shows in every frame that involves chopping, dicing, slicing, sautéing or otherwise cooking (he also finds an ingenious way to visually portray Twitter, so vital in the marketing of food trucks).

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Chef is Favreau’s most personal film since “Swingers,” an overlong comedy full of his food, his taste in music, his favorite places and a boatload of his favorite actors.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    This is comfort comedy, pure and simple. Full Review
  • Clark Collis

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

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    He’s great as a celebrity chef who’s forced to re-examine his priorities in this extremely funny and big-hearted comedy that Favreau also wrote.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    A comfort movie about comfort food, Chef won’t knock your socks off, but it believes in itself — and for Favreau, that’s all that matters.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Like so much in Chef, the plot resolution seems contrived and a bit silly. By then, though, we've had plenty of laughs, and generous helpings of warm feelings—the meat and potatoes of real life.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    There’s a pretty good movie buried somewhere deep inside the ungainly pastry that is Chef.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Favreau's masterly light touch as an actor hasn't yet translated to a similarly deft offhandedness behind the camera. The movie, slick and shallow, is fairly entertaining anyway.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Eat well beforehand or you’ll be in tummy-rumbling, tongue-hanging-out agony as the merry band cook their way across America. Good fun and happy, filling fare.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    [A] shallow but enjoyable all-American morality play.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Scenes of Favreau at the grill bantering with Leguizamo and Cannavale could almost sustain an entire movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    It may not be for all tastes, but there’s genuine value in a feel-good film that works this well without making viewers feel bad first.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • John DeFore

    The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    For anyone who’s followed Favreau’s career since the mid-’90s, the temptation to read Chef as veiled autobiography will be overpowering.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    By its later scenes, Chef only finds respite from its bland qualities through the scrumptious-looking dishes constantly on display. As self-indulgent vanity projects go, this one's pretty innocuous, if only because it's always easy on the eyes.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • 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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Personal or not, this lazy fantasy doesn't offer many more pleasures than an Instagram account.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Jon Favreau's film comes off as flippant in its view of independent labor as a universally liberating experience for an artist and businessman.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    While the more down-to-earth Chef does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore.

    The Playlist Full Review
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