City of Gold is a fun film for foodies, and a refreshing chronicle of the ever-fascinating, eternal city of the angels. A nice little follow-up to last year’s Tangerine, if you will. From a documentary filmmaking point of view, no ground is broken, but the content is amply strong enough to propel the picture. Bethany Jean Clement for The Seattle Times:
It’s a testament to his (Jonathan Gold’s) prowess that the voice-overs of his writing are riveting; you may want to stop watching and just go read everything in his Los Angeles Times author archive. …While the film’s formula gets repetitive, little revelations peppered throughout keep it engaging. Gold’s the unlikely hero with the golden palate, but his work also involves obsessive scholarship and research, and if you don’t know about his background, surprises await.
I concur about this movie making you head over to LATimes.com to read his articles. A great little character study, and a nice break in the otherwise vapid movie season we find ourselves in. 7/10