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A Place at the Table (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 6

A Place at the Table is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America culture.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 3

A Place at the Table is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America culture.

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49 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to

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Jun 25, 2013

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Hunger in America is not about a shortage of food but an abundance of poverty. This is where the spiral spins downward.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A shocking indictment of how people are starving in the land of plenty ...

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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You don't have to be a fan of info-graphics in social-justice docs to be troubled by one showing that the price of processed food has decreased in almost exact proportion to the rise in cost of fresh fruits and vegetables.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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"A Place at the Table" presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One thing is clear from "A Place at the Table": You cannot answer the question "Why are people hungry?," without also asking "Why are people poor?"

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children-in short, the American dream. See it and weep.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Tale of two Americas documentary highlights the plight of the 50 million poor folks who go to sleep hungry every night.

January 26, 2014
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The saddest story belongs to a single mother who got a full time job and is now off welfare, but can't afford to feed her children on her salary. This is one of those movies that will make you mad, or at least it should.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The pic might lack style to keep it exciting, but its public service message hits on a vital issue that should concern all Americans.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

presents us with the counter-intuitive idea that while Americans may be among the world's most obese people ... there is a surprisingly large segment of our population - nearly 50 million people - who are "food insecure"

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A must-see dispatch from the front lines of this struggle packed with sobering statistics and infuriating facts - among them, that one in four American children is chronically hungry.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A smart, poignantly argued documentary [which] casts obesity and hunger as neighbors, and makes a persuasive case for important social investments.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Enlightening documentary that, hopefully, propels people to take action.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush chip away at the topic until their message becomes unassailable.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

It doesn't offer much in terms of optimism, but provides an eye-opening glimpse into a frequently overlooked social issue.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Jacboson and Silverbush know how to make this potentially unpleasant news palatable and inspiring.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Food for thought.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A documentary about the shocking extent of hunger in America, affecting 1 in 4 children.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Provides plenty of moving case studies...[but] it's most useful for its prismatic look at the problem of American hunger, examining the problem's recent history, its root causes...and its inextricability from other national crises...

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Hunger in America, seen through the eyes of its victims, with an emphasis on children. Sobering documentary addresses a shameful problem.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As moving as the real lives are, for a film clearly intending to be a call for action, hunger cries out for more journalism and not just depressing stories and statistics.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

A Place at the Table makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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