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Spinning Plates

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Joseph Levy

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About the Movie

The story of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This dully structured film makes its points early and often, treading water before a purposely delayed big finish. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Oct 24, 2013

Fresh: So involving that one might not notice until afterward that 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. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Feb 5, 2013

Fresh: Foodie phantasmagoria and something more. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 24, 2013

Fresh: Episodic doc could use more focus on food preparation, but vividly captures the human element involved. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 28, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Really compelling stories

What I thought was going to be different experiences in different restaurants turned out to be so much more for me. I found myself caring less about the food itself and more about the people who’s lives were touched by the experience of the food. Each restaurant was a living, breathing character which affects the lives of everyone who touches it.

A wonderful movie

I loved this movie, it connected with me and how I view food, dining, it’s place in our society. I thought it was beautiful, the relationships between the three main subjects and they’re love of food and serving their customers.


Spinning Plates is decadence on screen. The photography is as good, if not better, than "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." The story, however, leaves "Jiro" in the dust. Joseph Levy tells a captivating story that had me laughing, crying, gasping, and left me hungry (mostly for Alena, but other people I was with were craving Mexican or diner food!) in the best way imaginable. Although snubbed by the Oscars, this film has made me completely rethink food and, more specifically, restaurants.

Spinning Plates
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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