The Donut King Reviews

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November 26, 2020
[I]t's a fine yarn spiced up with moments of hip hop, animation and pop culture references, all packaged nicely in something like the hot-pink doughnut boxes that the cruller maestro Ngoy supposedly invented.
November 21, 2020
Most of all, the main narrative offers inspiration, which is particularly pertinent at such a troubled time in our world.
November 20, 2020
Director Alice Gu uses some creative editing choices to reveal a shocking twist to the life story of a fast food entrepreneur, before stickhandling a sweet ending to her documentary.
November 20, 2020
Not all of these elements sit comfortably together, based upon the film's structure and some rushed tonal transitions. Yet it's the strength of the story, and its twists, that sustains the piece, and it's a laudable effort.
November 17, 2020
It's as layered as a cronut and just as admirable and innovative of a creation.
November 17, 2020
It's incredible watching him be so honest and positive about the complete breakdown of his professional and personal worlds.
November 13, 2020
"The Donut King" is thorough, rich in context if a bit beautified in places, and definitely well shot and edited. The only problem (kind of) is that the viewers will probably run to the closest donut shop as soon as the movie is over.
November 12, 2020
Demonstrates how there's never truly a simple rags-to-riches story.
November 10, 2020
Ted Ngoy, his wife and family pick up the story and walk us through their unbelievable experience, flying to a strange new country where they didn't speak our language and had to start life anew. We follow their path to success beyond their wildest dreams
November 2, 2020
It's a brutally honest take, and all the delicious donuts can't take away from the reality.
November 2, 2020
The story behind the documentary "The Donut King" is large and it contains multitudes.
October 30, 2020
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
It becomes this global story about immigration, ambition, hope, community -- and it's got a really terrific soundtrack.
October 30, 2020
Even if visual gimmicks threaten to derail the film's focus, Ngoy makes a captivating subject. The result is a timely cinematic treat.
October 30, 2020
A heartwarming albeit scattered documentary.
October 30, 2020
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 29, 2020
Alice Gu's desire to create a documentary illuminating the struggles of immigrants is evidenced by her intelligent screenplay. Her research is meticulous and the stories she imparts are well worth the audience's time.
October 29, 2020
We get a peek at the $2 million home Ngoy purchased, a stark opposite to the hovel in Cambodia where he was a child. He seemingly had it made, but there is a dark side to his story.
October 29, 2020
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
A cheery portrait of immigrant entrepreneurship that lacks political punch.
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