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El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2011
El Bulli barely registers a pulse stronger than a book's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2011
A fascinating observational doc about the most famous restaurant in the world.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
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
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 28, 2011
For hardcore foodies, El Bulli offers a clear, unvarnished look at the master at work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mari Uyehara
Time Out
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 27, 2011
A tasty documentary by Gereon Wetzel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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