The Donut King

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A documentary that's more than just a sweetly filling treat, The Donut King tells a real-life rags-to-riches story with genuine depth and breadth.

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Release date: Oct 30, 2020

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Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy builds a multi-million dollar empire by baking America's favorite pastry -- the donut.

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Critic Reviews for The Donut King

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (1)

  • The story behind the documentary "The Donut King" is large and it contains multitudes.

    November 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Not only is it a fascinating portrait of this particular Cambodian refugee, Ted Ngoy, but it also is about the culture of doughnut shops in L.A., which are so iconic.

    October 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It becomes this global story about immigration, ambition, hope, community -- and it's got a really terrific soundtrack.

    October 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A heartwarming albeit scattered documentary.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Switching gears between such extremes is enough to make one's head spin, but "The Donut King" does it with style (and a little help from artist Andrew Hem), delivering far more substance than its junk-food subject might suggest.

    October 30, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • It's an immigrant-makes-good tale filled with uplift and downfall in equal measure, and there's no glazing over the heartbreak.

    October 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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