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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent serves up a smorgasbord of documentary delights for foodie film fans -- and it's a pretty good watch for non-enthusiasts too.

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JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America's top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City's fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.

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Though you may be tempted, do not run screaming from "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" after the first two minutes.

June 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like his restaurants, the film is carried by Tower's personality and vision. Even if you're not into food, it's a fascinating look at a seminal moment in American cuisine, and the man who helped bring it about.

May 19, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You don't need to love chefs, or even fine food, to be impressed.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lydia Tenaglia's alternately dreamy and gossipy documentary about celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower is heavy on the "celebrity" and frustratingly short on the "chef."

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

An oddly compelling documentary that sheds light on an important - albeit forgotten - cornerstone of modern, contemporary cuisine.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tower indeed is living a magnificent life, which Tenaglia nearly suffocates in a creaky "Citizen Kane"-style telling ...

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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