NOTE: Reviews and ratings will be delayed for the next couple of weeks. Sorry about the inconvenience. - 18 Oct 2017

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  • ...is a feel good cerebral entertainer that charms you with its simplicity.

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  • ...is a refreshing change from the usual Friday fare from Bollywood. It's a smart, well-crafted film that's shot beautifully.

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  • ...is predictable in parts, the journey is an enjoyable one.

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  • ...made me wonder, what makes me sadder - a film which starts off very well, but ends up being just about average or one that isn't enjoyable at all.

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  • ...serves up a feast garnished with subtle spices. Its aroma is mild and delicate, but the after-taste lingers on for long.

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  • Raja Menon’s overstuffed but enjoyable remake of the Hollywood movie has likeable characters and warm performances.

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  • ...has multiple flavours and it comes out as a satisfying dish despite being the male protagonist being a repetitive one, who discovers himself when it's too late like Saif's Love Aaj Kal or Hum Tum.

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  • ...a semi-delightful film which serves comfort food to film buffs.

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  • ...the film is too bumpy to leave you satiated. But it is a pleasant enough diversion.

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  • The strength of Menon is adept emotional drama. He does a good job with complex characters and father-son and husband-wife dynamics. The film is a visual treat. Saif is in great form.

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  • Grown up angst is a valid and neglected aspect of our storytelling. Except Menon’s digressing exploration of it feels more dull than delicious.

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  • ...fails to give the 'burps' of satisfaction expected from a good enjoyable meal. The Indian thali served in Chef definitely has couple of delicious dishes to relish but the overall experience leaves us hungry for more.

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  • Like with its tone, emotions, characters and performances the film stays consciously aloof in handling food as well.

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  • Like the original, it’s a film that’s easily consumed, even if, like the original, the emotional beats being stressed are amusingly obvious.

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  • ...had the potential to be a really zesty surprise. But in the pursuit of turning it into an Indian family film on relationships the movie squandered all chances of the unique premise. But the strong emotional value and the slice-of-life dialogue of the movie do hold it in good stead.

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  • ...is that rare Hindi film that celebrates India's diversity of cuisine and its unfailing ability to whet our appetite and for that alone it's worth a watch.

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  • It takes a very American premise that deals with chefs, critics, foodtrucks and paternity visits, and attempts to put a desi tadka on it. Unfortunately, what you're left with here is as insipid and uninspiring as watery dal.

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  • ...isn’t perfect; it lags in places, offers quick-fix solutions to characters’ problems, and feels wholly familiar. But at a little over two hours, it doesn't ask much of you, and offers some pleasure in Saif Ali Khan’s return to form as an actor hard to look away from.

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  • ...holds no secret sauce of its own, but perhaps we shouldn't be that surprised. There is only that much you can do with a reheated film.

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  • There are some interesting flavours here, but ‘Chef’ feels derivative, and doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish. And that’s got to do with the uneven, stodgy writing.

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  • ...this is a blank menu.

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  • ...offers moments of brilliance which, if weaved in a more organised manner, may have given us a light, affable film. But a lazy and rather uninterested narrative takes away the pleasure.

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  • It is pleasant in parts, pretty almost throughout, and the cast is appealing. In the absence of heft and a commitment to its genre though, it remains an ineffectual film.

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  • ...Saif Ali Khan just doesn't convince us that he loves cooking, or his food truck team care about anything. The whole effort is unappetising.

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