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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (12A)

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (12A)


The critical consensus

More heat and less ice in its approach would’ve made a tastier dish.

***(*)(*)Kate Stables, Total Film, 16/07/2012

Although we get little of the flavour of the man behind the restaurant, Wetzel captures the essence of Adrià’s process of sublime culinary creation.

***(*)(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 16/07/2012

Chopping, frying, tasting... A snooze-bouche.

**(*)(*)(*)Jess Holland, Little White Lies, 26/07/2012

Those with a pre-existing interest may appreciate this glimpse behind the curtain, but it is unlikely to set many salivary glands a-drooling.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 26/07/2012

As an advertisement for the restaurant, this works well, but the issues – the art of cuisine and cuisine as art – are not discussed very thoroughly.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/07/2012

In its own cool and detached way, Wetzel's film makes fascinating viewing.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/07/2012

A mix of the fascinating and the frustrating: some of the dishes are exciting and interesting, however, 108 minutes of detail causes this documentary to fall short of its potential.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 27/07/2012

This may only give you a taste of the creative experience involved, but it will - in the best ways - leave you wanting more.

***(*)(*)Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film, 27/07/2012

Not only does the food look barely edible but the film is remarkably unilluminating about the history of the restaurant, the characters or those who ate there.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 29/07/2012

The result is hypnotic rather than instructive and, like TV cookery programmes, it's a cinematic experience resembling lap dancing overseen by a duenna.

Philip French, The Observer, 29/07/2012

Runs over time, but wonderful to watch such culinary artists at work.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 16/08/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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