• Released
  • September 15, 2010
  • (Limited 9/15)
  • NR , 1 hr 24 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
Kings of Pastry Synopsis
Sixteen pastry chefs compete for a coveted award in a French craftsman competition.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The French, no one needs to be told, take food and food preparation with extreme seriousness. "There are no 'all-you-can eat' places in...
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Kings of Pastry is about the craft, the teaching and learning, the collaborative work, the tedium, the heartbreak and emotional backbone it...
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75

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Kings of Pastry, goes inside an intense event that few Americans know much about - a kind of tradesmen's Olympics.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Some of the creations these chefs produce defy belief (and make you wish you could jump into the screen to have a taste).
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70

Chicago Reader

By Andrea Gronvall
The behind-the-scenes access to professional kitchens, the intricacy of the desserts, the venerable traditions, and above all the...
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70

The New York Times

By Mike Hale
The film builds in interest and intrigue as it goes along, helped immeasurably by the directors' choice - canny or fortunate or both - of...
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70

Variety

Given what seems like unprecedented access to the very masculine world of the French patissier, Pennebaker and Hegedus get their subjects...
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60

Time Out New York

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Common wisdom suggests bakers are sour because they reserve the sweetness for their work. But these competitors' kindness in the face of...
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

The work is a brutal rite of passage that will click with anybody who has put it all out there and lost once, twice or thrice. And still...
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50

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Most of the culinary footage is devoted to documenting-in flat, dull DV-the finalists' piece montée, or "sugar showpiece," in which sucrose...
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Great foodie flic!

By lpbutler
If you are any sort of foodie or geek enough to find any pursuit of excellence a total thrill, you will love this. Three cheffy teams compete. (Subtitles not as annoying as it would initially seem,...

no pastry

By edfand
booo!...

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