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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The result is hypnotic rather than instructive and, like TV cookery programmes, it's a cinematic experience resembling lap dancing overseen by a duenna.
There is no doubting that even this overlong examination of culinary expertise and experimentation will become a classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
There are enough outbreaks of culinary weirdness to keep true enthusiasts distracted.
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.
"Make it magical," AdriÓ often urges his acolytes, and it's advice Wetzel would have done well to heed.
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?
Chopping, frying, tasting... A snooze-bouche.
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.
For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.
A mix of the fascinating and the frustrating...
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.
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.
...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
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B-
Even docs need a third act.
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.
It's intermittently fascinating, but this strictly fly-on-the-wall doco sometimes feels tedious and soulless.