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Spinning Plates (2013)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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SPINNING PLATES is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their


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Feb 11, 2014


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Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Plays to sentiment in its second half but you can't help but admire the tenacity of these people, who have been tested repeatedly in almost Biblical fashion, yet come out swinging.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Though these stories have little to do with each other, all are gripping, and you watch the last third of "Spinning Plates" rapt.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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While the dramatic conflicts in the film are set up in a rather rote manner (meet the personalities, fret over their setbacks, sigh at the resolution), the human stories here are undeniably moving.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie doesn't always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Spinning Plates has three moving personal stories, and that's what makes it memorable.

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Filmmaker Joseph Levy seems at ease infiltrating the communities that spring up within and around professional kitchens.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Proves there are no exhausted topics, only skilled (or the obverse) storytellers.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Rather than venerating the business of food, this documentary expertly points out that it is, indeed, a business and sometimes lives and livelihoods are at stake.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

What at first seemed like very separate experiences begin to merge. All the restaurateurs want to feed people and make them happy, and each puts a little of themselves into the effort.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Has nothing to do with the noble - and undervalued - art of plate spinning. (I confess this disappointed me slightly.) No, it's just an oddly titled documentary about three restaurants.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

By the end, "Spinning Plates" urges us to think about what we expect from restaurants and what we think other people expect.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Mercifully, this is not a Food Network-style itemizing of idiosyncrasy, but an emotional understanding of inspiration and financial struggle.

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Spinning Plates navigates an industry that is more diverse and challenging than ever, but with this simple, fulfilling sampling, we learn that those behind the stove aim for the same kinds of rewards...

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Spinning Plates may inadvertently be one of the year's best films about class differences in America.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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