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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Critic Reviews for Burnt
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.
Burnt is, to be clear, not a good movie. It is in fact a pretty terrible movie.
Mostly, I thought Burnt was ridiculous. And yet I cannot tell a lie. Its familiar beats, comely cast, and lively kitchen montages entertained me.
Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Tony:||Damn it, I burnt my sausage, again!!|
|Tony:||"If you try to start a new restaurant, there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed."|
|Tony:||If you try to start a new restaurant, there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed.|