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King Corn (2007)

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100

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

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Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat--and how we farm.

Apr 29, 2008

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Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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While there's no startling news here -- most people know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a staple in food processing and isn't particularly good for us -- this documentary neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Deftly balances humor and insight.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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We learn a few things from the two daffy guys about food, nutrition, agribusiness, and government support of the latter.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Someone pass the Fritos!

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

There is an interesting story here. It's just that the movie doesn't tell it very well.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comments (3)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Engaging and illuminating.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film always teaches and entertains in equal, ample measure. It's a treat -- and it's good for you.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

entertaining and even a little mischievous, it finds perverse outcomes, but no villains. It is informative, without creating partisanship, respectful without being patronizing, entertaining without being dumbed-down

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

King Corn becomes an indispensable supplement to Spurlock's Super Size Me.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Absorbing...it's a lot of science and perspective to cover, yet Woolf manages to keep King Corn focused and sedate.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

An entertaining look at the flagship of American empty calories, King Corn is a few bushels short of being the next Super-Size Me, but brings a legitimate message.

October 12, 2007
Monsters and Critics

Well, it's certainly one of the less blatantly compelling subjects on the non-fiction circuit, and the doc has a lower-octane approach than most, but King Corn is surprisingly absorbing and amusing viewing.

October 12, 2007
Reel.com

Sometimes obvious, but at other times quite startling.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for King Corn

An occasionally interesting look at the food industry concerning two guys from Boston journeying to Iowa to plant a crop of corn. What's most impressive about the film is it's ability to derive answers without going Michael Moore finger-pointing style. It does drag from time to time and it lacks a firm, solid resolution, but certainly not a bad documentary at all, but definitely one that could've been more interesting if it had tried to be.
February 21, 2010
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Any documentary that has stop and go animation with fischer price and corn kernals is a good one in my book. I guess you hear 'high fructose corn syrup' in everything you eat, but I never really thought about what it was. You eat pretty much nothing but corn if you eat what most people do. Makes you want to eat hippie food instead, if only it cost less. Yikes.
September 26, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

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The subject is interesting but the execution is lacking.
April 27, 2009
Godless

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It's a documentary on corn...how thrilling
December 3, 2008
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