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  • Summary: Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 24, 2013
    Joseph Levy's sneakily stirring documentary opens up feelings you would never have expected from the premise — a portrait of three American restaurants.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Oct 23, 2013
    As separate snapshots of three fascinating businesses, it’s vivid and engaging.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 24, 2013
    A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Nov 7, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Oct 28, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 23, 2013
    Spinning Plates is a slow starter... But the documentary finds more of a rhythm once it moves beyond generalities and starts getting into particulars.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 24, 2013
    This dully structured film makes its points early and often, treading water before a purposely delayed big finish.

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