Kings of Pastry Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 24, 2010
As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 16, 2010
In a pressure-cooker environment, Pennebaker and Hegedus' moderately engaging but ultimately unsatisfying documentary feels disappointingly lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 16, 2010
How sweet it is!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
September 15, 2010
You'll be surprised by how devastating the collapse of a chocolate tower can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
September 15, 2010
Despite the colorful, epic dessert sculptures on display, the film isn't much to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 14, 2010
Though Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's food-fetishizing documentary offers a welcome break from the sensibilities and manufactured crises of Bravo and TLC shows, it, too, squanders opportunities to go beyond easily digested human-interest drama.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
July 6, 2010
Building up to the tension-filled final cook-off, the helmers introduce a trio of top candidates, observing their training methods and motivations.