No ReservationsJuly 27, 2007
The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.3/10 (26,650 voted)
Critic's Score: 50/100
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan–with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection.
Writers: Carol Fuchs, Sandra Nettelbeck
Brían F. O'Byrne
Life isn't always made to order.
Release Date: 27 July 2007
Filming Locations: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,704,357
(29 July 2007)
(4 November 2007)
Did You Know?
Aaron Eckhart accidentally sliced off one of his fingernails while filming a scene cutting onions, and didn't notice until Abigail Breslin screamed at the blood.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
In the final scene, Kate and Nick are cooking in the kitchen. Zoe is serving the food – and her hair is down. Food preparation guidelines for restaurants indicate that food preparers (including servers) with long hair must either have their hair fixed up above their collar (as Kate does), or pulled back in a ponytail. Zoe's hair is loose.
I know I'm doing everything wrong, but I promise you that I will always be here for you.
Kate? You're not doing *everything* wrong.
No Reservations About "No Reservations"
"No Reservations" is not a great film, nor does it pretend to be. It is
very predictable and follows the formula used in countless other
movies. Despite that, it give you everything you want from this type of
film and is better than many of the sequels that have come out this
Catherine Zeta Jones is as beautiful as ever. There is a nice dose of
Verdi and Puccini opera arias, and Abigail Breslin steals the film like
she did with "Little Miss Sunshine." I have not liked Aaron Eckert in
the past, but in this film he brings happiness to the otherwise dour
Some of the professional critics said they like the original German
film "Mostly Martha" better, but I thought that "No reservations"
improved on the original in every possible way. The only valid
criticism I could find was that Catherine Zeta Jones is too beautiful
to be believable as a lonely chef. That is a flaw I can live with.
If you are looking for a break from the so-called Summer "action"
films, "No Reservations" is not very original, but it certainly fits
the bill. The only drawback is that you will definitely leave the
theater feeling really hungry for good food.