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El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 30, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2012
Jessica Holland
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A mix of the fascinating and the frustrating...

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2012
Miles Fielder
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2012
Kate Stables
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2012
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

...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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

February 2, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 1, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2011
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

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 Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: B-

October 24, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Even docs need a third act.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 11, 2011
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