Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 12, 2012
    91
    Step Up To The Plate is as much about the passing along of a legacy as it is about cooking.
  2. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 13, 2012
    90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 21, 2012
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 13, 2012
    75
    The film's true fascination is in the kitchen, as it is for the chefs themselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 12, 2012
    75
    Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    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."
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 13, 2012
    40
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 12, 2012
    40
    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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