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Step Up To The Plate Reviews

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September 11, 2012
Step Up to the Plate doesn't skimp on the food-porn goods, but the dynamic between its two stoical subjects is too undercooked to truly resonate.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 24, 2012
The film attempts to tell the story of father Michel handing over his restaurant business to son Sébastien, but it makes a botch of it
October 12, 2012
There are some interesting father/son dynamic moments in the film that give it some merit. But I thought JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, which was released earlier this year, was much more focused and pretty much the same story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
September 6, 2012
The audience comes away from the movie none the wiser about the gastronomical gifts of the Bras family, who seem almost "Stepford" in their insular world of private luxury.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 10, 2012
...director Paul Lacoste ("Inventing Cuisine: Michel Bras"), making his feature debut here, is ofttimes more enamored with symbolic imagery than informational clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 10, 2012
When it loses sight of this change of hands story, the film loses its direction, making me want it either back on track or over.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 6, 2012
Lacoste threatens to lose his audience several times with the deliberate pacing of his doc, which takes too long to get things to the table in most cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2012
A cerebral, dirge-paced outline of a father-son dynamic that asks the audience to fill in too many narrative and emotional gaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 13, 2012
While foodies are sure to feel sated by the gastronomic splendors of Paul Lacoste's debut documentary, others may walk out with a strange sense of emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 29, 2012
An intimate, immaculate doco that ends up a stirring but unsentimental meditation on tradition and family.
September 14, 2012
The food preparation and the interactions in the immaculate, gorgeous restaurant are so engrossing that sidebars about things like leisure time in the countryside feel extraneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
"Step Up to the Plate" asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2012
It's an intimate and immaculate film, modest in its goals and greatly affecting.
September 11, 2012
Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2012
The fading into legend of Michel and the emergence of a new force in Sébastian, structured within the complexities of the paternalistic dynamic, makes for enriching, compelling drama.
October 12, 2012
Culinary idolatry where the camera takes up residence in the kitchen of a world-renowned chef to gaze in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 6
September 13, 2012
The through-line from a rustic preparation of milk skin and chocolate on bread to a high-concept dessert illuminates the story of a family and how food unites generations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 22, 2012
Mildly engaging, but leaves you hungry for more emotional and intellectual depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
October 11, 2012
A documentary about a painstaking and intellectual chef, known for his elegant food, who is passing his restaurant to the next generation, even though it's clear he's not psychologically ready to do it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2012
Paul Lacoste's documentary about the gastronomic lifestyle of the Bras family... explores the men beyond their reputations in the world of fine cuisine, where Michelin Stars are priceless diamonds on a dark and starless night
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