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Kings of Pastry Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 14, 2010
Though Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's food-fetishizing documentary offers a welcome break from the sensibilities and manufactured crises of Bravo and TLC shows, it, too, squanders opportunities to go beyond easily digested human-interest drama.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 16, 2010
In a pressure-cooker environment, Pennebaker and Hegedus' moderately engaging but ultimately unsatisfying documentary feels disappointingly lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jason Bailey
September 15, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Norm Schrager
September 17, 2010
We've got the passion. So where's the beauty?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
November 14, 2016
The makers are left, finally, a few cookies short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 24, 2010
As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
September 15, 2010
Despite the colorful, epic dessert sculptures on display, the film isn't much to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
September 15, 2010
You'll be surprised by how devastating the collapse of a chocolate tower can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2010
Though it's bound to inspire a wealth of gustatory adjectives, what defines Kings of Pastry most indelibly is its quietness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
September 18, 2010
The work is a brutal rite of passage that will click with anybody who has put it all out there and lost once, twice or thrice. And still got up to face the music again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
September 7, 2010
A documentary about frantic food fanaticism and hanging around high caloric delicacies all day without gaining a single pound, amid loser tears and perfectionist accessorized cream puffs. Hey dude, it's only food.
Jennifer Merin
August 21, 2010
In this delectable little feast of a documentary, filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker capture the delicious spirit of chefs and judges, as top pastrymakers compete to attain the prestigioous title of Meillieurs Ouvriers de France.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 19, 2010
[A] light-as-a-cream-puff film about a pastry competition in France.
Emily S. Mendel
December 2, 2010
... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 13, 2010
Slowly blossoms into something engaging and even poignant, despite an uninspired, point-and-shoot style that rivals Sarah Palin for its lack of inquisitiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 24, 2010
Cooking competitions have become one of the mainstays of the every burgeoning genre known as reality television. But "Kings of Pastry" apart is set apart by many things, including a long historical tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 1, 2010
If you are addicted to the Food Channel and cannot get enough of Gordon Ramsey, "Kings of Pastry" is a must see...if you have a sweet tooth, your mouth will water and your mind whirl with this carefully balanced ballet of culinary delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
It's a good bet any cocky contestant on Top Chef would keel over from the rigors of the challenge, the rituals of which are treated with fervent concentration by these meticulous artistes with their piping bags and spun-sugar sculptures.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 3, 2010
The arcane world of elite dessert chefs forms the atmospheric setting one of the ultimate tests of strength and spirit. Another winner from Hegedus and Pennebaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2010
Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies.
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