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Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Old-fashioned and obvious, yes, like a featherweight comedy from the 1950s. But that's the charm.
63
Chicago Tribune
Falls prey to the all-too-contemporary problem of complicating the tale until the ending is not only obvious, but prayed for between yawns. [9 February 1999, Tempo, p.2]
63
ReelViews
The result is sometimes enchanting, but, more often than not, it's frustrating, because the disparate elements of the plot never quite gel.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Both actors seem too callow and shallow to actually feel all those emotional raptures they are supposedly experiencing. This is a problem exacerbated by the talent of the supporting cast.
50
It's a movie, a goofy little movie. Not so bad, but as far as food and sensuality go, ``Like Water for Chocolate'' still has the edge.
50
A gooey-sweet, beautifully photographed romantic fantasy...It's also -- at the risk of sounding like a Grinch -- a mess.
40
Though glossy and smoothly directed, this limp concoction has all the sparkle of flat champagne.
25
Entertainment Weekly
A tuneless variation on the working girl-captivates-Mr. Big formula that has propelled fairy tales as old as Cinderella.
25
USA Today
The premise was a yummy one in the Mexican hit "Like Water for Chocolate," but it's best to pack Tums in case of heartburn this time around. [5 February 1999, Life, p.11E]
20
Insipid, maudlin mush.
20
Eminently resistible, an unclassifiable cinematic leftover best left untasted.

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