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What's Cooking? Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    More interesting as a sociological study than successful as a movie, What's Cooking? gets more involving as it strolls along.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Like the meal itself, the movie's both filling and familiar.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Because the stories are so skillfully threaded together, the movie doesn't feel like an exercise: Each of the stories stands on its own.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

A bit melodramatic at times, but still charming.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and sexual references and encounters, including adultery and homosexuality. Characters smoke and drink. A child is in peril, and it gets very tense. The movie also includes family confrontations that may be upsetting to some people.

  • Families can talk about family communication. They should discuss why so many people felt that they could not tell the truth to their families, and how they would respond to some of the crises faced by the family members in the movie. They may also want to talk about some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Child in peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including adultery, teen sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, character gets intoxicated.