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Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal

    It's plain old lousy timing, this chronicle of a dedicated, exacting chef being released in the wake of the kitchen-centered "Ratatouille" and "Waitress." Alongside those two charmers, which beautifully demonstrate the transformative powers of food and love, No Reservations is strictly cordon blah.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film feels miscast. Neither Zeta-Jones nor Eckhart look the least bit comfortable in a restaurant kitchen. More troubling, they look downright uncomfortable with each other.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's fun to see the glamorous actress turn down her movie-star flame, but it's a pity she's stuck with so many trite gestures on Kate's journey to fulfillment.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The romance, which commences rather gradually, is tender, but not graphic. Humor is interspersed throughout, but there also is sadness, handled seriously. Actually, it is as much a family saga as it is a romantic comedy.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    No Reservations may not be a modern day classic but, despite the relatively small budget, it has more heart than nearly anything currently playing in multiplexes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Bland-but-sweet dramedy more for adult palates.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy has some serious themes, like the death of a single parent and an aunt who must care for her orphaned niece. Although it's rated PG and stars popular child actress Abigail Breslin, the film's protagonist, an emotionally withdrawn chef who doesn't have any healthy relationships, is not going to seem compelling to most kids. The dramedy also perpetuates the idea that ambitious, professionally successful women all have lonely personal lives. Still, at its heart, this is the typical odd-couple romantic movie with a little girl thrown in to stir the pot.

  • Families can talk about the difference between personal and professional success. How was Kate successful in one way but not the other? What did her kitchen employees think of her, and how did they react to Nick's work style? What did Zoe and Kate learn from each other?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Kate learns that having personal connections is even more important than her thriving career.

What to watch for
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    Violence: No violence, but there's a disturbing scene of a bruised Zoe on a hospital bed.

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    Sex: Kate and Nick kiss passionately, and he spends the night, but there's no actual love scene. Paula flirts with Nick; Bernadette mentions a customer who keeps staring at her breasts and later thanks Nick for suggesting she listen to Pavarotti during sex.

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    Language: Just the out-of-place words "asshole" and "tits."

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    Consumerism: Croc clogs, the board game Operation

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Diners drink wine at the restaurant and the waiters discuss wine selections at their staff meetings. Kate gets tipsy after a wine-filled dinner with Nick.