Like Water for Chocolate (1992) - Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Alfonso Arau
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 156 found boring (9.61%)

One-line Reviews (84)

The insufficient budget of the movie was one of its weakest points, especially for scenes which required better visualization (the characters looked like the same even after twenty years); however I enjoyed it a lot, especially after having seen all of those beautifully decorated tables full of delicious food.

otherwise its first affect ( that u feel long after) will start to leave you.

Although it does not have any American A-list stars in its cast, Like Water for Chocolate still manages to be a movie that is enjoyable and have relatable characters.

Obviously, anyone who finds this story "empty" lacks both romance and brains.

The orchestra feel creates sad and sullen tones, joyous and funny situations, and moments of suspenseful silence, where the characters relationships are portrayed as the only thing in the frame.

And the intense interactions between the colorful characters of five generations extend to dead family members who continue to counsel or despise the living.

also enjoyable for creating a wistful world on the Texas-Mexico border at the edge of the two cultures and distinctly its own.

I found the film to be very intriguing in a symbolic sense, and would be interested to read the original book.

It says roses turned to red after absorbing titas blood.

The close up shot shows the scratches from the thorns and when she prepares the quail in duck sauce the roses are red from absorbing her blood.

What is meaningful, moving, and passionate on the pages of the brilliantly written book, may lose its charm and seem preposterous or pretentious while being adapted to the film.

Like Water for Chocolate is a compelling story that reveals Mexican culture at it's finest.

Tita, the youngest of three daughters, is left to take care of her aging mother after her father passes away of an unexpected heart attack.

I was bored to tears through the whole thing.

A bunch of impossible things happening in a boring world .

It is definitely a movie worth watching, both as entertainment and as something educational.

In the end, though, my identity as a hispanic edged out my identity as a manly man, so I consider this movie worth watching, since the story is worth having in your cultural hard-drive.

I really enjoyed it.

Well acted and entertaining plot.

Both Lumi Cavazos and Marco Leonardi performed exquisitely and fit the roles of their characters which helped make the film even more enjoyable.

It goes on for WAY too long, plus it is downright bizarre.

Supporting the unfolding of this Mexican Cinderella tale, the cinematography of "Like Water for Chocolate" exhibits great range and beauty, by turns subtle and breathtaking.

Many times you might think something is finalized, until the life of the family takes an unexpected turn for the better or worse.

Engaging drama .

its definetly worth watching.

The characters were very cliché and flat.

I would highly recommend reading the novel before viewing the film as at times I could see how it could be a little bit confusing.

After I had read the very gripping and interesting book I was looking forward to the movie.

Ghosts, the burning passion, reactions to the food and the blanket she knits during nights of insomnia.

About 30 minutes into the film I was already bored.

The emotions that are captured in this film are fascinating and are what makes this film as well made as it is.

Too sanitised, unengaging, boring, pathetic.

Probably one of the most intense scenes of the movie happened when Tita cooked a delicious quail dinner that included the roses she had received from Pedro.

Since she feels empty and sad, the guests feel the same emotions.

The film is equally intriguing and aesthetically powerful.

And Lumi Cavazos, as Tia, is positively stunning.

Engaging drama.

A visually exciting, intensely erotic movie .

Overall it is a movie worth watching and if you like it you should definitely read the book.

I didn't, I watched it for its entertainment value and had an enjoyable time.

The movie was extremely dull compared to the book.

Director Arau is known mainly as an actor, but he does a fine job of creating an evocative atmosphere.

Visually stunning, erotic, and thought provoking .

The characters are well thought out and selected, however the presence of food and the intense emotion behind the preparation is omitted from the film.

A beautifully, compelling story of two individuals with the desire of a forbidden love that neither of them, is ever allowed to share.

If the analogy between food and sex has to be taken to the letter (as the directory desperately and didactically tries to tell us), I'd say that the movie is quite dull and fails to "reach" that spot.

Now for the story, it is a little slow but it was engrossing and interesting.

However, the movie is still good for what it is, and the acting ranges from intense to silly, with Mama Elena and Chencha at the ends of the spectrum.

Many viewers may find this style and tone slow, even boring.

It is a very enjoyable movie.

If viewers watch in a metaphorical way, and not literal, they can see the magical realism in the film, which makes it more enjoyable.

But for themselves, it's so intense, it literally engulfs the lovers in flames.

Still, a fascinating film.

The movie setting was different then I expected but very detailed and I enjoyed it very much.

long and boring .

With all those materials given in the book the cinematography could've been amazing instead we're forced to watch some amateurish uninteresting pointless shots of everything.

I was constantly on the edge of my seat, despite knowing what was about to happen, waiting for another snide remark from Mama Elena, or an emotional breakdown from the resilient Tita.

The magical realism scenes were wonderful and exciting.

When she finally makes love to Pedro (the man of her dreams), and experiences the most intense climax in her life, it is when she realizes "she doesn't want to die.

By this, however, the intense emotion required to kindle the inner matches is just not there.

Like Water for Chocolate is an entertaining movie with the exotic settings and very interesting idea of expressing the repressed love, unfulfilled longing, desperation, and hope in cooking and in the ability to change the people's lives and fates through the meals they consume.

The cinematography is gorgeous, giving an enjoyable view of the Mexican countryside.

Without having read the before it, one might think that this is one of those movies that Hollywood puts out that is meant to be confusing for the "normal" people to watch.

But for those who enjoy a contemplative movie or novel, this will be a very enjoyable treat.

This movie was wonderful - engaging, beautifully filmed, and filled with superb performances.

The story itself was enjoyable and should appeal to everyone's tastes in some way.

Esquirel's attention to the finite details of human compassion is stunning.

Oddly compelling .

I personally think that a movie was very dull, and did not meet the standards that were set by the book.

But it is also dreadfully dull!

And the presentation of the food is stunning, making your mouth water.

The setting, costumes, and characters really helped make this into an authentic and exciting forbidden love story.

Very enjoyable movie, educational and entertaining .

Most of the women have strong personalities whether they are comforting like Nacha, rebellious like Tita, authoritarian like Mama Elena, free-spirited like Gertrudis, or somewhat boring like Rosaura.

I expected to like this from what I was told by friends, but it failed as a piece of magical realism and ends up being both goofy and boring.

In conclusion Like Water for Chocolate is an entertaining film (if you enjoy reading your movies) even without reading the book.

All in all I feel that the movie was definitly enjoyable, I would watch it again.

Unpredictable and romantic .

It is a love story, a coming of age story, and a generational family drama all woven together.

I got bored a million of times, even if in front of me were ian mckellen, ian holm, viggo mortensen, sean bean...

Through the direction of Laura Esquirel, also the author of the novel, the audience is immersed in a thick plot of passion for food, and it's power to heal.

Pedro's short aggressive remarks, like, "This is nectar of the gods," blazed an intense fire that constantly heated Tita's pool of emotions.

Worth Watching, not for children, book is amazing.

The film is so full of passionate lust and "star struck" lovers that it appears to be a bit cliché now a days.