Step Up To The Plate Reviews

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December 7, 2012
More food porn...Though the celebrity status accorded chefs has gone way out of control, this is actually not a bad little documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 7, 2012
A pleasurable, if drama-free portrait of French chef Michel Bras as he begins the handover of his three-star Michelin restaurant to his son, over the course of four seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lex Hall
FILMINK (Australia)
November 29, 2012
An intimate, immaculate doco that ends up a stirring but unsentimental meditation on tradition and family.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2012
Paul Lacoste's documentary about the gastronomic lifestyle of the Bras family... explores the men beyond their reputations in the world of fine cuisine, where Michelin Stars are priceless diamonds on a dark and starless night
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2012
Foodies will drink in the beauty of the meal preparation and the stunning architecture of the modernist restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
October 12, 2012
Culinary idolatry where the camera takes up residence in the kitchen of a world-renowned chef to gaze in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 6
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 11, 2012
A documentary about a painstaking and intellectual chef, known for his elegant food, who is passing his restaurant to the next generation, even though it's clear he's not psychologically ready to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
September 24, 2012
It's an intimate and immaculate film, modest in its goals and greatly affecting.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 22, 2012
Mildly engaging, but leaves you hungry for more emotional and intellectual depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 21, 2012
It's pretty delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
The second shot alone makes the ensuing 80 or so minutes even more enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 19, 2012
Sprinkle lime peelings onto milk-white ingredients: a verdant feast for the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
September 14, 2012
Lacoste cleverly uses the enhanced sound of Michel slowly, deliberately chewing and crunching, in what is really the film's climax.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 14, 2012
The food preparation and the interactions in the immaculate, gorgeous restaurant are so engrossing that sidebars about things like leisure time in the countryside feel extraneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
September 13, 2012
"Step Up to the Plate" asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 13, 2012
The through-line from a rustic preparation of milk skin and chocolate on bread to a high-concept dessert illuminates the story of a family and how food unites generations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2012
Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 1, 2012
The doc about the transfer of ownership of a top French restaurant is workmanlike.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
June 8, 2012
The fading into legend of Michel and the emergence of a new force in Sébastian, structured within the complexities of the paternalistic dynamic, makes for enriching, compelling drama.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 6, 2012
Lacoste threatens to lose his audience several times with the deliberate pacing of his doc, which takes too long to get things to the table in most cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 8, 2012
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
February 22, 2012
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