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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

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Lydia Tenaglia

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About the Movie

JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Tenaglia's camera lends a polished veneer as food authorities like Ruth Reichl, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart attest to Mr. Tower's gifts, with Anthony Bourdain, one of the film's producers, especially forceful. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Apr 19, 2017

Fresh: Even if you care very little for fancy food and the people who make it, The Last Magnificent works as a portrait of a man who leaves aromatic clouds of glamour wherever he goes. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Apr 20, 2017

Fresh: A documentary understandably in awe of its subject, a film that finally fascinates despite some initial bumps in the road. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Apr 20, 2017

Rotten: Tenaglia is so committed to making an argument for Tower's place in the culinary firmament that she underserves the part of his life that could have made the documentary unique. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Apr 20, 2017

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Customer Reviews

It's okay....

It's an okay but not great film. While very interesting, they're trying to hard to make his place in history that the sincerity is lost. And to be honest, as someone interested in the history of food - I'm tired of hearing about his hundred year war with Alice Waters. Both he and Waters need to make peace and stop with the grudges.

Great movie

I think the Producers depicted very well this amazing chef, his life and who he is.
Of course you can go in many different ways but I feel there ought to be another movie after this and help us to learn more about this unique chef and his love of making amazing dishes.

Please send back to the kitchen

An 1 1/2 movie that should have been a 30 minute special. Jeremiah is an interesting & important chef, unfortunately most of what he says isn't. The soulful poetic interludes in the documentary were grueling, unnecessary and narcissistic. Dramatic reenactments of his life did not help, it only trivialized the story. There is a good documentary inside of Jeremiah this movie is not it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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