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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 24, 2013
    90
    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: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 22, 2013
    90
    A love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    Spinning Plates may inadvertently be one of the year's best films about class differences in America.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Oct 23, 2013
    75
    As separate snapshots of three fascinating businesses, it’s vivid and engaging.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Oct 23, 2013
    75
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Dec 5, 2013
    63
    Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    The movie doesn’t always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    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.
  11. 63
    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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