Owen Gleiberman
August 10, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

El Bulli

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/27/11
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

For a while, this documentary about the legendary restaurant outside Barcelona may drive you a little batty. The dishes, invented in a lab kitchen by scientist-chefs, are such avant-garde creations — veal marrow with beet foam, anyone? Ice-chip vinaigrette? — that they don’t make you hungry. They make you want to see a marathon of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Yet as we get to know the dishes, El Bulli becomes a haunting celebration of the human desire to turn food into art — even if the results are consciously insane. A?

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