Kings of Pastry Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
Beyond the competition, "Kings of Pastry" celebrates food as an art form to be savored, not a commodity to be consumed absent-mindedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 9, 2010
The Food Network is awash with cooking- and baking-competition shows, but The Kings of Pastry operates on a much higher level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 3, 2010
These guys are obsessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2010
Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 3, 2010
The documentary proves almost as sweet as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
December 2, 2010
... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
December 2, 2010
What makes Kings of Pastry more than a sugar-coated showcase of culinary porn is its emphasis on the individual human dramas that exist behind all of these delicacies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
November 24, 2010
The premise is pastry, but the story is about having a dream
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 24, 2010
As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 19, 2010
[A] light-as-a-cream-puff film about a pastry competition in France.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2010
Beyond the treats, which are complicated and no doubt mind-bending to consume, the film has its layers as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 13, 2010
Slowly blossoms into something engaging and even poignant, despite an uninspired, point-and-shoot style that rivals Sarah Palin for its lack of inquisitiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 8, 2010
I know, I know ... how exciting can a cooking movie be? As it turns out, really exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2010
Everything these men make - no women have ever competed for the pastry MOF - looks so mouth-watering that no one should dare watch this film on even a half-empty stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 3, 2010
The arcane world of elite dessert chefs forms the atmospheric setting one of the ultimate tests of strength and spirit. Another winner from Hegedus and Pennebaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 1, 2010
If you are addicted to the Food Channel and cannot get enough of Gordon Ramsey, "Kings of Pastry" is a must see...if you have a sweet tooth, your mouth will water and your mind whirl with this carefully balanced ballet of culinary delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 24, 2010
Cooking competitions have become one of the mainstays of the every burgeoning genre known as reality television. But "Kings of Pastry" apart is set apart by many things, including a long historical tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
September 23, 2010
Without being flip, the filmmakers endeavor to expose absurdity (can there really be that much nuance to the perfect cream puff?) and encourage skepticism, especially around the variables of judging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
It's a good bet any cocky contestant on Top Chef would keel over from the rigors of the challenge, the rituals of which are treated with fervent concentration by these meticulous artistes with their piping bags and spun-sugar sculptures.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
September 22, 2010
Hegedus and Pennebaker treat this event as both rehearsal and performance, allowing occasional moments of beauty and humanity to peek through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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