"A precise and elegant piece. [8 Apr 1988, p.D1]"
— Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub."
— Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Impeccably mounted and played, this is gastro-cinema at its most sensual and intoxicating."
— David Parkinson, Empire
"A quiet celebration of the divine grace that meets us at every turn, and even redeems our ways not taken, our sacrifices and losses."
— Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films
"The meal is more than mouthwatering -- it's Dinesen's metaphor for the transcendent power of art. This bountiful movie, like the feast itself, can turn your heart. [14 March 1988, p.61]"
— David Ansen, Newsweek
"All of this is by way of being the prelude to the film's extended, funny and moving final sequence, a spectacular feast, the preparation and execution of which reveal Babette's secret and the nature of her sustaining glory."
— Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"The delectable Babette’s Feast is a fable told with passion, intelligence and sumptuousness. Although it certainly has a feast at its center, it would be a mistake to think that its tribute is intended only for great cooks. No, it’s a deep reverence to all great artists--whether they make books, bowls or ballets, baskets, quilts, songs, poems, paintings . . . or films."
— Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times