El Bulli: Cooking In Progress
El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011)

For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran AdriÓ closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, El Bulli: Cooking… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 27, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If your idea of fine dining is pumpkin meringue sandwiches, bone marrow tartare with oysters, tea shrimp with caviar anemones, and ice vinaigrette with tangerines and green olive, then by all means make haste to El Bulli.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You leave "Cooking in Progress" with respect for a man who followed his vision, and with fascination at the idea of food as artistic expression.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the Spanish restaurant hailed as the most influential eatery in the world.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

We're made to marvel at slow-cooked, freeze-dried, unappetizingly bagged food, the way some mushrooms, when delicately sliced, evoke fruit and some crustaceans resemble side-sleeping snooze-bar slappers.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

There is no doubting that even this overlong examination of culinary expertise and experimentation will become a classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Jeff Talbott
Taking the word "documentary" incredibly literally, EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS is a document of the food development process at a cutting edge… More