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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

To say that Lasse Hallstrom is a genius

10/10
Author: MrEguy from West Hollywood, CA
19 December 2000

To say that Lasse Hallstrom is a genius would be close to the truth. This film is brilliantly done! A delightfully magical story, well told through the eyes of a master director. Juliette Binoche is flawless. Dame Judy Dench continues to leave me in awe.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The best movie I've seen in a long time!

10/10
Author: Anna-52 from California
18 December 2000

This movie was a wonderful surprise! A great cast and amazing directing! This movie combines wonderful bits of humor and wisdom along with romance and drama and of course...mouth watering Chocolate. The result is a very sweet mix of fairy tale and real life and it all adds up to great movie making!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

feel good romantic.

8/10
Author: Sam Beach
1 April 2011

let me just say, i really enjoyed this movie. there isn't a whole lot else for me to say. it's a good movie, and easy watch, a bit of a feel good (though it does have some down parts), pretty well acted, decent story and makes you want to travel and make chocolate.

i kind of saw the love story between Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp a little pointless, like they just put him in the movie for the sake of having Johnny Depp in the movie. But i guess what is a love story without romance.

the movie actually covers a wide variety of issues, such as a persons right to do what they want with their body, control of religion and religion used as a means of control. religion is actually a main theme in this movie, but it doesn't in anyway bible bash you, it's very light.

recommending this for a night in, 8/10.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A Deliciously Appealing and Sweet Story About Tolerance

8/10
Author: tabuno from utah
25 May 2009

One of the more popular and appealing English productions with a strikingly foreign accent, including a co-starring role by the up and coming Johnny Depp who actually plays an albeit estranged wanderer but relatively straight character. Juliette Binoche is never better in this tender, subtle seductive, and mesmerizing mystic film about an unsettled single mother who makes a variety of chocolates and settles along with her daughter into this little hamlet overseen by a manipulative mayor who has rigid beliefs of his own. There is a constant underlying tone of hidden agendas, past emotional dysfunctions and a battle of wills between power, religion, and creative, primal impulses. Nominated for five Oscars, this little powerhouse of a movie pulls the audience in with its on-screen struggle of repressed emotions and the tantalizing brilliance of tolerance. Judi Dench also has a powerful role here as a grandmother who hides a secret. 8/10.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Sweet at the center

8/10
Author: Boyo-2
4 February 2002

Very fine movie about the effect one woman, her daughter and her talent for bringing out the best in people in their newest chocolate shop in France.

Binoche is perfectly cast as Vienne, a woman not tied to traditional values at all - she does not attend church and is not married. This does not bode well with the Mayor (Alfred Molina) who fancies himself something of a dictator - he wants to tell you how to live and how to feel and even has so much of an influence in church that the young priest often has to be edited on the pulpit by him.

Aside from the Mayor, Vienne has an effect on several townspeople, most notably Judi Dench, from whom she is renting the space. She is an angry woman who has been denied the right to see her grandson, even though he lives in the same small town. She does not agree with her daughters' methods of upbringing, but Vienne arranges a meeting that brings the two close together.

Also, an abused woman named Josephine, is inspired by Vienne's spirit to leave her husband (Peter Stormare) but is seen in bad light since she is forgetting about her marriage vows. Josephine works at the shop and is soon an independent person.

Binoche and Dench certainly deserved their Oscar nominations, but Lena Olin as Josephine should have received one, too.

Very enjoyable, lightweight for the most part but worth seeing. 8/10.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

awesome

8/10
Author: hotsaucejr12341 from california
25 September 2014

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Chocolate was in my eyes a great movie. I'm typically not a fan of movies like these but to watch the characters grow and change overtime was just truly amazing. The main character, Vianne, over came the hardship from the people in the village. Most of the people didn't accept her because they were told by the mayor of the town, who is a huge religious man,that she was no good due to the fact she was opening a chocolate store around the time Lent was beginning. Few people would go into the shop and then less and less started to show because they were being turned against her. She was ready to give it all up and runaway to another new town with her daughter but the friends she made had stood up for her and even had changed the mayors opinion of her. The way she even helped out the older woman to live her last few moments of life to the fullest was just truly amazing even though she was dying pretty fast from her diabetes. This movie is something i would recommend to people who want to watch a good story of characters unfold and how everyone comes together to love one another

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Village Discord Erupts when Chocolate Shop Opens

8/10
Author: George Wright from Canada
17 August 2014

Chocolat is a beautiful movie telling a tale of a newly arrived shop owner versus the established order in a Northern French village, post World War II. The movie also has sidebar stories of spousal abuse, difficult parent-child relationships, and romance. The movie has some quirky humour that brings comic relief to the misfortunes. The cast is outstanding with Juliette Binoche, the village's recently arrived chocolatier; Johnny Depp, as Roux another newcomer; and Judy Dench, as the free spirited grandmother who has been ostracized by the village and her own daughter. Leslie Caron has a minor role as one of three widows. Juliette Binoche plays a very warm and somewhat unconventional young woman who takes over a patisserie where she sets up a chocolate shop with flavours that disarm and delight everyone who tastes them. However, the village is not about to embrace the new entrepreneur; the village mayor dislikes anyone who threatens his petty tyranny and this includes the new chocolatier and Johnny Depp's group of merrymaking gypsies. When the small town bigotry turns violent, the village priest, a mere lad, finally breaks from the mayor's rigid code of morality that he has been all too willing to follow. Eventually the two sides in this battle collide. In the end, the chocolate becomes a decisive weapon in the village war. When the dust settles, the viewer can feel a sense of satisfaction in this well paced and thoroughly entertaining movie.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

such a nice movie

8/10
Author: oncel_ilhan from Turkey
27 June 2014

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I think the movie was warm and enjoyable. I highly recommend this movie. I think the movie has secret fantastical elements. The fact that the mother and the daughter always change their place due to a some kind of tradition, and also the red cloaks, they wear during traveling, make the movie a little fantastical. I think this movie would be a good story to tell kids before they sleep:)I will tell mine if I have one:) Juliette Binoche had really a great performance. She lets the audience easily believe that she is such a warm and sweet person. It was touching that The grandmother and the grandson see each other secretly and love each other very much. When you see how happy they are together you just hate the mother, who separates them ruthlessly. Watch this movie and you will enjoy magical rural France without going there! You will find yourselves in a fairytale place.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Yummy!

10/10
Author: lightofthejul from Savannah Ga
26 May 2014

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From beginning to end this movie delights me! The first time I saw it I was enchanted at how seamlessly and stylishly everything flowed. The story was like magic of the chocolate , smooth , classy, creamy indulgence. Not only lovely to look at but the underlying message is wise and moving beyond what you think you are going to see. The title again seals it , you think you know what you are going to get, but the taste lingers long after it's done. I must say the performances are ALL memorable, all shine, glow and leave you with that sweet blush of too much but the need for more!! Bravo to all for this lovely, lovely film! MORE PLEASE!!! Julie Barnes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Feel Good movie !

9/10
Author: Elo Cinquanta
22 April 2014

This is truly a "Feel Good" movie. A movie that I love to watch and watch again and again, especially when I feel bad. A very nice story, full of sweetness and sweets. Great actors, beautiful music, very nice scenery. It shows a very nice small French village, very typical, very authentic. The characters are very interesting, each one got a specific character and even the "bad guys" can be "liked" in some ways. Every one has a special history. Well just a little touch of everything to make a delicious movie to watch alone or not :) And not to say that it speaks of CHOCOLATE and for a chocolate lover it's just the PERFECT "Feel Good" movie to watch with a real hot chocolate (with spicy pepper) !!!

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