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El Bulli: Cooking In Progress Reviews

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Top Critic
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
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
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2011
The documentary glosses over practical concerns, instead choosing mute reverence for the magisterial Ferran AdriÓ and his bizarre methods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
October 11, 2011
It's intermittently fascinating, but this strictly fly-on-the-wall doco sometimes feels tedious and soulless.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 26, 2012
"Make it magical," AdriÓ often urges his acolytes, and it's advice Wetzel would have done well to heed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
Even docs need a third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 24, 2012
For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jessica Holland
Little White Lies
July 26, 2012
Chopping, frying, tasting... A snooze-bouche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
June 3, 2011
I enjoyed watching the chefs at work, both researching and preparing a meal with dozens of courses... but afterwards I felt oddly unsatisfied and in need of something a little more filling.
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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
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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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 25, 2011
When Adria is on camera, he most often is tasting something one of his lieutenants is putting in front of him and saying something like, "Less parmesan - more coffee." But that's all.
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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
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 27, 2012
There are enough outbreaks of culinary weirdness to keep true enthusiasts distracted.
Full Review | 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
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