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  • Summary: In 2003, the French celebrity chef Bernard Loiseau, fearing the loss off one of his Michelin stars, shot himself with a sporting gun. "Three stars" explores the psychological and economical effects that the Guide Michelin puts on the Haute Cuisine with its paramilitary-style organizedIn 2003, the French celebrity chef Bernard Loiseau, fearing the loss off one of his Michelin stars, shot himself with a sporting gun. "Three stars" explores the psychological and economical effects that the Guide Michelin puts on the Haute Cuisine with its paramilitary-style organized kitchens. The scenery changes from the hectic activities at the stove to the on-site laboratories, where the newest menus are designed. The protagonists from nine different kitchens are given the opportunity to freely speak about their daily routine, their personal worries and their ambition to make it to the very top. (HMR Produktion) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    Hachmesiters's Three Stars is a treat, largely because it eschews the standard arc of documentaries.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    The dishes dazzle in Lutz Hachmeister's documentary Three Stars, a cinematic helping of some of the world's finest restaurants - and of their chefs' opinions.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 21, 2012
    70
    The doc has little to say about the Michelin ranking system that hasn't been said, but offers enough behind-the-scenes interest to entertain foodies and inspire a few additions to their dining-experience bucket lists.
  4. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Sep 18, 2012
    63
    Maybe because Hachmeister has a background in journalism, his movie endeavors to educate by covering a lot of ground in its 90-plus minutes, which is certainly commendable, it's just not that satisfying.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Sep 18, 2012
    50
    Hachmeister's understatement results in a narrative plateau somewhere in the last third of the film, and viewers who showed up hungry may become impatient.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 19, 2012
    50
    As a sampler course of what it means to court the Michelin honor, Three Stars is enjoyable, but it's simply a collision of details that never entirely converge into a meaningful whole.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 19, 2012
    50
    Three Stars works best as straight-up food-porn.