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El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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September 30, 2011
If your idea of fine dining is pumpkin meringue sandwiches, bone marrow tartare with oysters, tea shrimp with caviar anemones, and ice vinaigrette with tangerines and green olive, then by all means make haste to El Bulli.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2011
Offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the Spanish restaurant hailed as the most influential eatery in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2011
As it lingers over chefs chatting and organizing, it requires more patience than, say, an episode of "Top Chef." But I bet adventurous eaters will be intrigued.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2011
In El Bulli: Cooking in Process, the chef Ferran AdriÓ hovers and nods, sits and tastes, or -- most often -- walks through the frame, head bent and phone to his ear.
August 23, 2011
We're made to marvel at slow-cooked, freeze-dried, unappetizingly bagged food, the way some mushrooms, when delicately sliced, evoke fruit and some crustaceans resemble side-sleeping snooze-bar slappers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2011
I wasn't necessarily expecting Blumenthal's ridiculously theatrical flourishes in El Bulli, but a little joy or wonder would have been nice. Instead, we are treated to visuals of lots of pretty looking food, eaten stoically by [Chef] Adria.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2011
El Bulli becomes a haunting celebration of the human desire to turn food into art - even if the results are consciously insane.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 5, 2011
We're spared the pandemonium of "reality TV" kitchens. El Bulli's is a remarkably quiet kitchen by comparison, with a dutiful sense of urgency but no panic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2011
El Bulli barely registers a pulse stronger than a book's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2011
A fascinating observational doc about the most famous restaurant in the world.
August 4, 2011
The flat camerawork and lack of a story beyond the framework of six months in the city lab and six months at El Bulli gives us little to sink our teeth into.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 29, 2011
Wetzel gets in tight and close on Adria's dishes but resists turning the film into some food-porn banquet
| Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2011
You can't help but appreciate the food's visual beauty -- and the physical, mental and emotional energy that went into creating it -- but you don't come away feeling you have to taste any of AdriÓ's food before you die.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2011
[VIDEO] Gereon Wetzel's documentary study of chef AdriÓ's studious process of creation is generally a fly-on-the-wall affair that might seem dry to some audiences because it doesn't give into the television-styled editorial crutches you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 28, 2011
El Bulli suggests that food embraced the AdriÓ way is akin to a religion: You're a believer or you aren't, as scientific rigor and originality show the path to gastronomic enlightenment.
July 28, 2011
For hardcore foodies, El Bulli offers a clear, unvarnished look at the master at work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 27, 2011
It's a sluggish portrait that neither captures nor replicates the dazzle, pacing and polish of an El Bulli meal. Check, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2011
A tasty documentary by Gereon Wetzel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2011
"What matters is that it's magical, that it opens up a new path," Adria reminds. Cooking in Progress is, in fact, all magic and no path
July 26, 2011
Anyone looking for the lowdown on haute cuisine will be sorely disappointed: devoid of emotion, context or narrative, the baffling avant-garde techniques and extreme politesse of the lab become oppressively dull.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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