How to Cook Your Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

How to Cook Your Life Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 26, 2009
It gives one a good sense of the Zen experience in cooking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
...a charming but somewhat superficial portrait of Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest and cookbook author.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2007
What makes her film fascinating is the idea that this calm, centered man may be about to lose his grip.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 13, 2007
Diffuse and leisurely as a yoga breathing exercise, the film suffers from dangling digressions, but overall it's fine food for thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 6, 2007
In How to Cook Your Life, Edward Espe Brown endearingly embodies one of Buddhism's guiding principles: a sense of humor about our arrogances and illusions.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 3, 2007
How To Cook Your Life is slow and gentle, and it sneaks up on you. It ain't War & Peace, but it is the sort of film you'll think about long after you leave the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 29, 2007
... more of a snack than a meal: Zen and the art of culinary simplicity as a temporary spiritual retreat.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 17, 2007
A tasty dish; but you'll be hungry again in an hour
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 17, 2007
A playful and enlightening documentary featuring Zen master and accomplished cook Edward Espe Brown with nourishing tips on food and paying attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2007
An unexpectedly charming and enlightening film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 16, 2007
If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
Doris Dorrie's loving portrait of Buddhist priest and chef Edward Espe Brown showcases his message that paying attention to the mundane processes of food production, preparation and consumption can be a gateway to larger spiritual revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 16, 2007
Well-intentioned but lethargic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 16, 2007
A jaunty mix of chanting, baking and spiritual uplift, How to Cook Your Life introduces us to the cooking classes of Edward Espe Brown, a twinkling Zen priest.
| Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
November 15, 2007
A low-key but pleasant and thoughtful examination ... The film could use a lot more time in the kitchen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gregg Rickman
L.A. Weekly
November 15, 2007
Cook and Zen priest Edward Brown is profiled in this documentary by German filmmaker Doris Dörrie (Men), who follows the witty, pleasant Brown as he offers cooking and life lessons in Buddhist retreats in Austria and California.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 13, 2007
Brown as a subject does sometimes intrigue and he even grows emotional, but this does not necessarily make him more endearing.
Harvey S. Karten
November 10, 2007
The Zen priest who dominates the film as its talking head is laid-back to the point of being soporific and engages in speech mannerisms that could make even an adolescent hit the ceiling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2007
The film is directed with humor and a sense of openness that is quite Zen-like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
October 26, 2007
The documentary plays like a long, dull parody of pure living.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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