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Step Up To The Plate Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 7, 2012
A pleasurable, if drama-free portrait of French chef Michel Bras as he begins the handover of his three-star Michelin restaurant to his son, over the course of four seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2012
Foodies will drink in the beauty of the meal preparation and the stunning architecture of the modernist restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
September 24, 2012
It's an intimate and immaculate film, modest in its goals and greatly affecting.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 21, 2012
It's pretty delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
The second shot alone makes the ensuing 80 or so minutes even more enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
September 14, 2012
Lacoste cleverly uses the enhanced sound of Michel slowly, deliberately chewing and crunching, in what is really the film's climax.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
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David DeWitt
New York Times
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
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-
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
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.
| Original Score: 2/5