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Kings of Pastry Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Food Network is awash with cooking- and baking-competition shows, but The Kings of Pastry operates on a much higher level.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

These guys are obsessed.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 3, 2010
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 3, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The documentary proves almost as sweet as its subject.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 3, 2010
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net

... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

December 2, 2010
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2010
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

The premise is pastry, but the story is about having a dream

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

November 24, 2010
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] light-as-a-cream-puff film about a pastry competition in France.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 19, 2010
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Beyond the treats, which are complicated and no doubt mind-bending to consume, the film has its layers as well.

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

November 19, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C+

October 13, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

I know, I know ... how exciting can a cooking movie be? As it turns out, really exciting.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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 Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

October 3, 2010
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

October 1, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

September 24, 2010
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 22, 2010
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix

Hegedus and Pennebaker treat this event as both rehearsal and performance, allowing occasional moments of beauty and humanity to peek through.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2010
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