Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017)

JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Daniel Neman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Though you may be tempted, do not run screaming from "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" after the first two minutes.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Lydia Tenaglia's alternately dreamy and gossipy documentary about celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower is heavy on the "celebrity" and frustratingly short on the "chef."

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Ruth Brown
Willamette Week

Its real revelation is in discovering this coulda-been-Gordon-Ramsay and his restaurants in their heyday, thanks to a surprisingly ample collection of archival footage and the colorful anecdotes.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Like his restaurants, the film is carried by Tower's personality and vision. Even if you're not into food, it's a fascinating look at a seminal moment in American cuisine, and the man who helped bring it about.

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Rebecca Tucker
Globe and Mail

An oddly compelling documentary that sheds light on an important - albeit forgotten - cornerstone of modern, contemporary cuisine.

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Debbi Snook
Cleveland Plain Dealer

It's a moody, chilling tale of a respected artist beset by those demons, as well as his own.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

You don't need to love chefs, or even fine food, to be impressed.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Tower indeed is living a magnificent life, which Tenaglia nearly suffocates in a creaky "Citizen Kane"-style telling ...

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent does give a haunting portrait of its protagonist whose tormented background gave him a vision of creating a place above the concerns of the ordinary world, buoyed by his culinary creations.

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