Burnt

Out Now On-Demand

Never underestimate a man with everything to lose.

Bradley Cooper is Adam Jones, a chef looking for culinary redemption in this comedy-drama. After destroying his career in Paris, he cleans up and heads home to London to chase three Michelin stars. From the director of August: Osage County and the writers of Locke and, erm, Iron Sky. Co-stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Lily James (Cinderella), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Daniel Brühl (Rush).

Considering Bradley Cooper seems most comfortable when coasting through a film on smarm and charm, it’s a welcome development to see him play a tyrannical chef, with all of the character flaws that entails. As Adam Jones, owner of two prestigious Michelin stars and a once-prodigious drug habit, Cooper spends a long portion of screen time being either an unbearable arsehole or manipulatively charismatic – a bipolar mix that isn’t out of place in many a leading restaurant, and unsurprising when Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali and Marcus Wareing are all credited as consultants.

Unfortunately, unlike the edible alchemy offered up on screen, Burnt never quite nails its balance of true-to-life kitchen action, the lingering camerawork of modern food porn docs and its Hollywood narrative requirements. But while it’s not up there with foodie cinema classics like Big Night, Steven Knight’s film nevertheless achieves more with its premise of washed-up chef chasing a third star than expected.

With the focus squarely on what happens in and around the kitchen and chaotic existence of Jones, rather than customers enjoying his creations, Burnt chucks a sizeable portion of its cast behind the burners. This allows the film to successfully showcase the shoutiest, anguish-filled, most dramatic aspects of the pressure cooker environment producing fine dining experiences.

For some, Jones’ journey through the film may prove unsatisfying as he navigates one or two too many subplots that seem to exist solely to spice things up, but prove unnecessary ingredients. Luckily, plenty of familiar faces help to prop up weaker elements, and leads Cooper and Sienna Miller impress in convincingly portraying the professional and personal aspects of their characters. It may not be up to Adam Jones’ expectations of perfection, but Burnt is nevertheless a watchable tale set in an ever-fascinating environment.

Hollywood Reporter

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Cooper can do this kind of arrogant-but-irresistible golden boy shtick in his sleep, but that doesn't make it any less pleasurable to watch.

Variety (USA)

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[Forces] its fine actors to function less as an ensemble than as a motley sort of intervention group.

New York Times

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Bound to inspire headlines full of tiresome kitchen wordplay: "half-baked," "underdone," "lacks seasoning."

Los Angeles Times

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Overcooked... a movie that wears its glossiness as a badge of honor.

Sydney Morning Herald

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There are many loving shots of small, colour co-ordinated helpings... a device that tends to be the first refuge of a director lumbered with a script lacking enough lines worth saying.

Screen International (USA)

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For a film about a daredevil chef who wants to challenge his customers, "Burnt" mostly plays it safe.

The Age (Australia)

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Alongside Cooper, director John Wells has gathered a strong ensemble cast, but they're given little to work with.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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Aa cheerless and unappetizing plate of piffle that deserves to be smashed against a wall or at least sent back to the kitchen.

Proof that Bradley Cooper can carry a movie alone

This is to foodies what Eat Pray Love was for travellers. Poor writing and threadbare plot lifted out of the mire by Bradley Cooper at the top of his game. Fortunately he is on screen for the entire movie, and his performance alone makes it watchable.


Beautiful movie I could not stop laughing, reminded me on sleeping with the enemy where a women opens her legs rather wide to cross them without wearing panties. Very similar to

Beautiful movie I could not stop laughing, reminded me on sleeping with the enemy where a women opens her legs rather wide to cross them without wearing panties. Very simular to "Hangover one".


Slightly Singed

A solid turn from Cooper, who plays against his charming type, and his American Sniper co star, Miller. Except for a twist that I didn't see coming the story is formulaic with nothing incredibly special that would impress anyone's cinematic palate.

Also what is it with old middle class white women who feel the need to commentate throughout the entire film??!!! If I could give three and a half stars I would.