91

The A.V. Club

Step Up To The Plate is as much about the passing along of a legacy as it is about cooking.
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90

The New York Times

What resonates here are two men, two good men, whose lives have a paradoxically simple and complex bond beyond their profession. Step Up to the Plate asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
It's the story of changing chefs and changing seasons. It looks at food as not just something that nourishes our bodies, but as something that enriches our lives and our relationships.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
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75

New York Post

The film's true fascination is in the kitchen, as it is for the chefs themselves.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie's patient in the way of "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress" or "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." That's where culinary nonfiction is now - sleepy, observant. And, for the most part, that's OK.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
As for the so-called "food compositions" seen here, like the film itself, they're more impressionistic and artistic than enticing. For a far more satisfying cinematic meal, check out the similarly themed "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."
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40

Time Out New York

Step Up to the Plate doesn't skimp on the food-porn goods, but the dynamic between its two stoical subjects is too undercooked to truly resonate.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While foodies are sure to feel sated by the gastronomic splendors of Paul Lacoste's debut documentary, others may walk out with a strange sense of emptiness.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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