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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Given that his subjects are so inspiring, surely Levy could have spiced up his storytelling with a bit more creativity. show more

  • 60
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    Without a strong thematic throughline, Levy relies on a highly episodic structure, letting the subject matter lead him along, rather than shaping the material into a compelling package. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

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

  • 63
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The overall effect is not unlike watching a chef de cuisine experimenting in his off-hours; not everything takes, but you still come away with a pleasingly stimulated palate. show more

  • October 21, 2013 rw00000000168533
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    A beautiful film, as captivating and emotional as any feature fiction you will ever see.

  • October 19, 2013 cjd1609
    Report This User

    This is a great movie. What a good documentary should be! Enjoyable. Moving. And very fun to watch.

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