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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.
90
Joseph Levy's sneakily stirring documentary opens up feelings you would never have expected from the premise - a portrait of three American restaurants.
75
As separate snapshots of three fascinating businesses, it's vivid and engaging.
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.
75
A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants.
75
Spinning Plates may inadvertently be one of the year's best films about class differences in America.
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.
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.
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.
63
Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.
60
Little in the way of a unified theme emerges to turn Joseph Levy's feature into something more than a semi-random survey of restaurant life.
60
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.
60
Spinning Plates is a slow starter... But the documentary finds more of a rhythm once it moves beyond generalities and starts getting into particulars.
60
Given that his subjects are so inspiring, surely Levy could have spiced up his storytelling with a bit more creativity.
60
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.
50
The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.

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