El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 30, 2012

Not only does the food look barely edible but the film is remarkably unilluminating about the history of the restaurant, the characters or those who ate there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 30, 2012

The result is hypnotic rather than instructive and, like TV cookery programmes, it's a cinematic experience resembling lap dancing overseen by a duenna.

Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 27, 2012

There is no doubting that even this overlong examination of culinary expertise and experimentation will become a classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 27, 2012

There are enough outbreaks of culinary weirdness to keep true enthusiasts distracted.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 26, 2012

As an advertisement for the restaurant, this works well, but the issues - the art of cuisine and cuisine as art - are not discussed very thoroughly.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 26, 2012

"Make it magical," AdriÓ often urges his acolytes, and it's advice Wetzel would have done well to heed.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 26, 2012

The dishes stream past our eyes and noses, exposing one of the film's two deficiencies. We need scratch'n'taste cards for all this, don't we?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jessica Holland
Little White Lies
July 26, 2012

Chopping, frying, tasting... A snooze-bouche.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 25, 2012

Offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of culinary science and it's hard not to marvel at the skill and expertise on display, but the fly-on-the-wall style strips the film of context and it ultimately becomes a little dull.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
Top Critic
July 24, 2012

For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 23, 2012

A mix of the fascinating and the frustrating...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Miles Fielder
The List
July 16, 2012

Although we get little of the flavour of the man behind the restaurant, Wetzel captures the essence of AdriÓ's process of sublime culinary creation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
July 16, 2012

Legendary chef Ferran AdriÓ's philosophising about pushing new food frontiers is fascinating, but barely glimpsed, so keen is the film on recording the appliance of science to innocent ingredients.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
February 2, 2012

...will appeal to two types of people: those with a deep and highly specific interest in the art of cooking, and those interested in extreme craftsmanship as practiced in any line of work

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 1, 2011

You leave "Cooking in Progress" with respect for a man who followed his vision, and with fascination at the idea of food as artistic expression.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 10, 2011

If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 24, 2011

A rather elegantly simplistic and hands-off exploration of food as avant-garde art that cooks up all sorts of elemental yearnings in the tastebuds of viewers.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011

Even docs need a third act.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 14, 2011

Director Wetzel doesn't so much explain the surreal mindset of AdriÓ as he does simply hang out and film the proceedings. But seriously, what revolutionary proceedings they are.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
October 11, 2011

It's intermittently fascinating, but this strictly fly-on-the-wall doco sometimes feels tedious and soulless.

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