90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Joseph Levy's sneakily stirring documentary opens up feelings you would never have expected from the premise — a portrait of three American restaurants.
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90

Village Voice

By Inkoo Kang
A love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.
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75

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
Spinning Plates navigates an industry that is more diverse and challenging than ever, but with this simple, fulfilling sampling, we learn that those behind the stove aim for the same kinds of rewards, accomplishments and satisfaction as their predecessors did.
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75

Slant Magazine

Spinning Plates may inadvertently be one of the year's best films about class differences in America.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
What raises this film to a more interesting level is that in addition to the food, each segment presents a personal drama that extends beyond the table.
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63

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
So here’s a tip: Don’t desert this film before giving it a chance. You might not want seconds, but eventually it dishes up a satisfying slice of life.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Spinning Plates is a surprisingly affecting juggling act, with each story having its compelling third act revelations of the extreme obstacles each eatery and its owners have faced and will face.
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60

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Little in the way of a unified theme emerges to turn Joseph Levy’s feature into something more than a semi-random survey of restaurant life.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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