El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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August 19, 2019
This fascinating study turns out to be, fittingly, an epitaph...
January 30, 2019
If you're already an Adrià-convert then seeing the great gastronome at work may well be more than enough of a draw -- just don't expect to learn anything profound about him or his unique culinary approach for the proceeding 148 minutes.
August 1, 2018
Wetzel's documentary never really gets under Adrià's skin - but the creation of the frozen, juiced, glossy surfaces of the food is fascinating.
July 30, 2012
Not only does the food look barely edible but the film is remarkably unilluminating about the history of the restaurant, the characters or those who ate there.
July 30, 2012
The result is hypnotic rather than instructive and, like TV cookery programmes, it's a cinematic experience resembling lap dancing overseen by a duenna.
July 27, 2012
There is no doubting that even this overlong examination of culinary expertise and experimentation will become a classic.
July 27, 2012
There are enough outbreaks of culinary weirdness to keep true enthusiasts distracted.
July 26, 2012
As an advertisement for the restaurant, this works well, but the issues - the art of cuisine and cuisine as art - are not discussed very thoroughly.
July 26, 2012
"Make it magical," Adri often urges his acolytes, and it's advice Wetzel would have done well to heed.
July 26, 2012
The dishes stream past our eyes and noses, exposing one of the film's two deficiencies. We need scratch'n'taste cards for all this, don't we?
July 26, 2012
Chopping, frying, tasting... A snooze-bouche.
July 25, 2012
Offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of culinary science and it's hard not to marvel at the skill and expertise on display, but the fly-on-the-wall style strips the film of context and it ultimately becomes a little dull.
July 24, 2012
For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.
July 23, 2012
A mix of the fascinating and the frustrating...
July 16, 2012
Although we get little of the flavour of the man behind the restaurant, Wetzel captures the essence of Adri's process of sublime culinary creation.
July 16, 2012
Legendary chef Ferran Adri's philosophising about pushing new food frontiers is fascinating, but barely glimpsed, so keen is the film on recording the appliance of science to innocent ingredients.
February 2, 2012
...will appeal to two types of people: those with a deep and highly specific interest in the art of cooking, and those interested in extreme craftsmanship as practiced in any line of work
December 1, 2011
You leave "Cooking in Progress" with respect for a man who followed his vision, and with fascination at the idea of food as artistic expression.
November 10, 2011
If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.
October 24, 2011
A rather elegantly simplistic and hands-off exploration of food as avant-garde art that cooks up all sorts of elemental yearnings in the tastebuds of viewers.
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