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Chocolat: Friday January  5, 2000

When Vianne (JULIETTE BINOCHE), a mysterious stranger, and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, nobody could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on this community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, Vianne opens a very unusual chocolate shop, filled with mouth-watering confections, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' private desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation. The resident nobleman and self-appointed leader of the town are shocked that Vianne is tempting the local townspeople with her delicacies. Fearing it will ruin his town, he pits himself against Vianne and tries to forbid anyone from entering her shop, hoping to run her out of town forever. 

But when another outsider arrives, the handsome Roux (Johnny Depp), and joins forces with Vianne to liberate the town, a dramatic confrontation arises between those who prefer the ways of the past and those who revel in their newly discovered taste for pleasure. -- © Miramax


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Points 75 50 78 80 70.75


70.75- Worth Seeing

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Lasse Hallström


Robert Nelson Jacobs 


Comedy / Romance 


Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher  
Lena Olin as Josephine Muscat 
Johnny Depp as Roux 
Judi Dench as Amande Voizin 
Alfred Molina  as Comte de Reynaud 
Peter Stormare as Serge Muscat 
Carrie-Anne Moss as Caroline Claimont 
Leslie Caron as Guillaume Bierot 
Hugh O'Conor as Pere Henri  
Victoire Thivisol  as Anouk Rocher 

Running Time

2 hrs 01 mins


Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some violence. 






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 The People's Review of Chocolat  

score = 90
probably should be 95 or higher.  an excellent portrayal of one of life's simplest lessons.  the setting is beautiful and the message was very touching; all the characters were very human and played off each other very well too.

score = 100
WOW! I would love nothing more than to give this movie more than a score of 100. I went to the movie originally, waiting to see Johnny Depp, but he definately wasn't my reason for going to see it a second time. I took my boyfriend to see it the first time, and he took my to see it the second time! Yes, even my boyfriend, (a guy big on guy movies) loves this movie! It is one of those rare movies where you find yourself leaving with a smile on your face. It is so beautiful, with the scenary, the costumes, the score, everything!. Even the plot is intriguing and knowing the background of the chocolatarie makes the little shop and it's decor even more beautiful! Even with the sad parts this movie is still a wonderful, happy movie! 2 thumbs, and 8 fingers up!

score = 100
A Treat in every way! You will feel as if someone has presented you with a five pound box of the best chocolate, and you can consume it without the guilt, but all of the delight! Every performance is a small gem. Don't miss this one!

Christina Kenshalo
score = 90
Better than I expected.  Juliette Binoche is beautiful.  I laughed, I cried, I drooled.  Some of the other movie goers even moaned with pleasure as Vianne whipped up each batch of chocolate.  Great cast, great story and great chocolate.  I'm sure there will be a new trend of chili powder in hot chocolate throughout America.


score = 90
I really give this at least a 95.  Such a wonderful, intelligent, thought-provoking and often funny movie. Excellent cast of characters, excellent story, and a very colorful, beautiful movie to watch.  A quiet movie full of surprises!  Hooray, something worth watching finally.

A. Fisher
score = 90
Refreshing. A beautiful change from the ol' shoot-em-up movies. I was seduced by the set and costume designers' choice of colors for the film. Note outfits (color and design) against the beautiful blue of the chocolaterie. The slate blue north wind and the punctuating red capes. Very beautiful. The movie pulled me in like a wonderful fairy tale.
If you like artistically well done things, see this movie.