All in This Tea
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David Lee Hoffman is a man who has devoted his life to tea. Hoffman is an importer who brings unusual varieties of tea to discerning drinkers in the United States, specializing in teas that have been grown organically and picked and dried by hand by growers who use experience and instinct as their guides. However, the bulk of Hoffman's most prized teas are grown by independent farmers in China, where the growth of industrialization and an increased demand for higher-yield cash crops is helping to put such planters out of business. Filmmakers Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht offer an in-depth… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All in This Tea is a delicious documentary about a beverage."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"The film's quick-and-dirty verite yields some delightful caught moments, steeped in historical footnotes that only enhance."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Les Blank's profile of tea aficionado David Lee Hoffman will send every single viewer out the door toward the nearest teahouse with its infectious enthusiasm for the good life."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Most of the footage is mundane stuff, following Hoffman around farms and factories. I wish the film had been more compelling."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Despite its omissions, the movie is as quietly gaga as its human protagonist and as gently stimulating as its agricultural one."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"Brisk and agreeable, a handcrafted ode to the brew that is the beverage of choice where the Chinese, among many others, are concerned."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This mass versus class appeal for the sake of a discerning guzzling US elite carpet bagging it in China, smacks suspiciously of tea imperialism."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A beautiful metaphor for filmmaking and a painful comment on the price of civilization."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film is both delightful and informative at every turn."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"A valuable addition to the growing canon of slow-food films for our fast-food nation."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"It makes one long to sit down with a nice cup of tea. Theaters showing this excellent documentary might want to keep that in mind and stock up."
‑ Pam Grady,
"It's another beautiful, sensual film, and another homage to what makes life enjoyable."
‑ Beverly Berning,
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