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Spinning Plates (2013)



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SPINNING PLATES is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. (c) Film Arcade

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17)

Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Plays to sentiment in its second half but you can't help but admire the tenacity of these people, who have been tested repeatedly in almost Biblical fashion, yet come out swinging.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Toronto Star
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Though these stories have little to do with each other, all are gripping, and you watch the last third of "Spinning Plates" rapt.

November 14, 2013
Seattle Times
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While the dramatic conflicts in the film are set up in a rather rote manner (meet the personalities, fret over their setbacks, sigh at the resolution), the human stories here are undeniably moving.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie doesn't always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Spinning Plates


8/13/16 Sundance Doc Club Three fascinating stories about three people with the same dreams and passion but totally different environments and backgrounds. Family, hard work and a love of profession comes through the triumphs and tragedies they all experienced. You root for them all.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

Documentary of 3 unrelated (and hard to juxtapose) restaurant owners and the lives of their kitchen... and families. Interesting to watch and "root" for the families / restaurants.

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

Spinning Plates is a moving documentary about the human element and personality infused in the preparation and service of food. It delves into food as a way of life, a way of expression, and as a community builder. It's genuine, personal and a great watch for foodies.

Bobby Leyva
Bobby Leyva

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