Chef Flynn

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Chef Flynn might have cut a little deeper into its subject's story, but this entertaining overview of a precocious talent's rise to acclaim still has enough flavor to satisfy.



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While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the "Teen Chef," establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn's rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg's exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn's singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star's rise as seen from the inside.


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  • The film doesn't quite come together.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Flynn, who looks like a younger version of the young Christian Slater, is skinny, intense, a bit wary. If you've ever been the parent of a male adolescent - if you've ever been a male adolescent - you'll recognize him.

    Nov 23, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Chef Flynn" seems more suited for an hour-long show on the Food Network. Its 82-minute running time, although short for a feature film, seems too bloated for this story.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Whether hitting a curveball or creating haute cuisine, there is something fascinating about watching a precocious talent at work.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What sets this lively, engaging doc apart is that we see Flynn become a culinary star through the eyes of his mother.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For a film whose subject rightfully demands to be seen as more than just a kid, Chef Flynn does way too much coddling.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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