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America The Beautiful (2008)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 10

This doc doesn't expose any new territory about our unattainable standards of beauty, but does manage to entertain with an effective and accessible tone by filmmaker/subject Darryl Roberts.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

This doc doesn't expose any new territory about our unattainable standards of beauty, but does manage to entertain with an effective and accessible tone by filmmaker/subject Darryl Roberts.



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Looking at the cover of popular fashion magazines and examining the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve "perfection," it's easy to see why many people believe that America has developed an unhealthy obsession with beauty. In this documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts offers deeper insight into this observation by speaking with everyone from advertising and fashion professionals to average people on the street in an attempt to discover precisely why some people are willing to


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Darryl Roberts

Dec 1, 2009

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (10) | DVD (2)

Perhaps in future exposes Roberts will uncover that ice is cold and furnaces hot.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Despite the occasional flash of insight, and a few semi-shocking factoids, most women are going to find this movie roughly as illuminating as a remedial math class might be for a Nobel-prize winning physicist.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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In the documentary America the Beautiful, Roberts explores the cult of beauty in the United States and mostly succeeds in unmasking the flaws of fetishizing skin-deep beauty.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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With so many pointless detours ripping you away, the film feels as lamely digressive as the proverbial one-track guy whose head won't stop turning as each new temptation walks by.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Unexpectedly witty and affecting.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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America the Beautiful provides plenty of food for thought, and Roberts' passion for the subject shines through.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Probing docu about society's obsession with looks.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

America's obsession with beauty is the subject of filmmaker Darryl Roberts wide-ranging investigative documentary that shows how beauty product manufacturers manipulate the public.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film's examination of our beauty-obsessed culture--however familiar--remains unfortunately necessary.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

[Director] Roberts has a point of view, yes, but he also has a curiosity that drives him and the movie. Lucky are those who go along for the ride.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

trenchant but not mean-spirited and often hilarious. Roberts approaches the subject with an attitude that is genuinely inquisitive, often bemused, and sometimes shocked, but never judgmental, at least not in his interviewing style

August 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Intercutting the costs of American women's chase-after-beauty story (suggesting much waste and futility) with Gerren's personal one never quite blends into an organic whole.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Roberts raises interesting questions, but most of the info is familiar and there's no systematic or comparative perspective to illuminate our culture's obssession with beauty vis-a-vis other wealthy media-saturated countries, which made Sicko a good docu

August 16, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Unlike other documentarians who put themselves in front of the camera, Roberts is an affable screen presence.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Well intentioned but futilely diffuse.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

For every unsubtle moment ... there are two or three that forcefully resound.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A hard-hitting documentary about the negative fallout from America's obsession with physical perfection.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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