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Burnt (2015)



Critic Consensus: Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they're lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.

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Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all - and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

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Bradley Cooper
as Adam Jones
Emma Thompson
as Dr Rosshilde, Dr. Rosshilde
Omar Sy
as Michel
Sarah Greene
as Kaitlin
Alicia Vikander
as Anne-Marie
Bo Bene
as Yana
Julian Firth
as Langham Maitre'd
John MacDonald
as French Heavy #1
Raphael Acloque
as French Heavy #2
Jody Halse
as Electrician
Polly Lewis Copsey
as Young Guy on Food Truck
Richard Cunningham
as Michelin Inspector #1
Richard Attlee
as Michelin Inspector #2
Charlotte Hawkins
as TV presenter
Natasha Alderslade
as Simone's Companion
John C. MacDonald
as French Heavy #1
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Critic Reviews for Burnt

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (50)

It's all too familiar, too rudimentary, and while the kitchen they're working in is top-of-the-line the meal they ultimately prepare isn't that much better than a Denny's breakfast left under the heat lamps a few minutes too many.

August 22, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Burnt is, to be clear, not a good movie. It is in fact a pretty terrible movie.

July 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Mostly, I thought Burnt was ridiculous. And yet I cannot tell a lie. Its familiar beats, comely cast, and lively kitchen montages entertained me.

June 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve.

November 20, 2015 | Full Review…
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Anyone who makes an informed decision to watch Burnt might want to bring a bingo-card of dramatic cliches to tick off during the run-time.

November 9, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Burnt should have been a spicy treat. Instead, it comes and goes like so much fast food, leaving you hungry for a late-night DVD snack ...

November 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burnt

Once you get past the pretence of extreme badassery that it tries to convey in the culinary field, Burnt really picks up as a tense drama with believable dynamic characters. With an emphasis on edgy direction, well crafted dialogue and a talented cast the film brings together a story of redemption in the seemingly unforgiving "battlefield" of modern cuisine. Unfortunately as the story speeds through it's edgy montages and thrilling character interactions it just as quickly hits the breaks to slow down to a melodramatic feel good ending. This unexpected shift in tone and storytelling comes off as a stylistic cop out... somewhat unsatisfactory. Still if there's anything to brag about its the craft of making Burnt that really shines. An extremely well directed, acted and written piece of moviemaking.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

I've seen Burnt pretty consistently panned for having an unlikable leading character. I reject that concept. I don't mean that I personally found Bradley Cooper's character to be likeable, I just don't agree that a rude protagonist makes for a bad film. That all said, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by Burnt irrespective of Cooper's character (though his portrayal of said character was, as one would expect, fantastic). Watch Kitchen Confidential for the exact same thing done with heart.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

Although some parts of the story seem a bit warmed over, Bradley Cooper is hot and Sienna Miller's quite saucy. However, as with Michelin's ranking system, it's not possible to award "Burnt" any more than three stars.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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