City Of Gold Reviews

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September 27, 2017
The film is a poetic look at the past and present of a city much older than the recent troubles for which it is best known.
April 1, 2016
Gabbert's film is part portrait, part city symphony. It celebrates Gold as a fixture of his native Los Angeles and L.A. as in thrall to its stalwart guide.
April 1, 2016
There's an honesty in what Gold writes and the way he writes it, which is why his words have so much impact. The film has a similar impact to one of his reviews.
March 25, 2016
It's a documentary that is ostensibly a profile of a man, but is really about the vibrant city he inhabits, beyond the Hollywood sheen and the grit of Compton.
March 24, 2016
It's a neat little bit of hagiography, dwelling fondly on his quirks, but that's OK. For people who want to taste the world, Gold is a patron saint.
March 24, 2016
A colorful and loving tribute to the kinds of restaurants that food critics once ignored - and a few fancy places as well.
March 24, 2016
As cultural archaeology, unearthing the relationship between food and a city, food and a critic, a city and a critic and a swirling stew of all the above, it's fantastic.
March 24, 2016
While the film's formula gets repetitive, little revelations peppered throughout keep it engaging.
March 24, 2016
City of Gold then comes off as something of a puff piece. But when snatches of his poetic reviews are read in voiceover, it's clear that at least some of that puffery is well deserved.
March 23, 2016
A pure and pleasant celebration of the man and his work, the latter of which achieves something approaching anthropological profundity by its humble, loving attention to culinary detail.
March 23, 2016
It's a pleasing and informative ride-along with a subject whose passions have coincided with the truth.
March 21, 2016
As Gabbert follows Gold from hot-dog stand to strip-mall restaurant to a meeting at Momofuku, what becomes clear is that she's using him as a lens to expose the richness of American culture.
March 17, 2016
City Of Gold takes something of a once-over-lightly approach to Gold's life, sprinkling little bits of his biography throughout ...
March 11, 2016
"City of Gold" offers no evidence of Gold ever penning a negative review. This is why it ultimately comes off more as a cinematic puff piece than a "real" documentary.
March 11, 2016
A tasty primer on the man, the eater, the critic and the city.
March 10, 2016
What it lacks in cohesion, City of Gold makes up for in its subject's wit and wisdom.
March 10, 2016
In search of fresh culinary treasures, Gold travels the hidden corners of a too-familiar city and we get to fall in love with L.A. again.
March 10, 2016
The film is up to its subject, which is saying a lot. Why would you pass up an introduction to a food writer who is on the case as soon as a tweet alerts him to a promising new taco from a taco truck?
March 10, 2016
Gold shows us that the real work of a writer happens far from the keyboard: mostly it involves being alive to the world around us. But there's no reason to set out on an empty stomach.
March 10, 2016
"City of Gold" transcends its modest methods, largely because it connects Mr. Gold's appealing personality with a passionate argument about the civic culture of Los Angeles and the place of food within it.
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