A Place at the Table Reviews

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Chris Sawin
March 1, 2013
A Place at the Table may bring to light a hunger epidemic the entire United States faces, but it also casts an even darker shadow on an already tainted world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nora Lee Mandel
March 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
February 28, 2013
A tighter focus, or even just a voiceover narration, might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
Revealing little that a moderately informed viewer will not already know, the film shies away from the outrage and bare-knuckle journalism that this shameful topic deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
February 26, 2013
As an info dump, Table is admirably efficient, addressing everything from obesity to the limits of charity. As a film, it's less compelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 28, 2013
A graceless info-dump bracketed by interviews with activists and a handful of personal stories from suffering families around the country.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013
"A Place at the Table," a cri de coeur against hunger in America and governmental indifference, has only grown in relevance since its 2012 debut at Sundance.
Full Review | Original Score: ***1/2
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2013
More difficult to convey are the web of moral and political issues that surround the hunger crisis, and A Place at the Table proves its worth most by how it treats this wider set of problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
Through their stories, Jacobson and Silverbush lens a broader picture of rampant hunger in a country that actually produces astounding amounts of food.
Billy Tatum
Paste Magazine
March 1, 2013
A Place at the Table makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 23, 2013
America's Evil Twins, hunger and obesity, connected and humanized in one vivid documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013
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"
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 28, 2013
In addition to the dismaying facts and figures is a fuller sense of what hunger can look like, and feel like, among the millions of Americans classified as "food-insecure" ...
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 5, 2013
Food for thought.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
February 28, 2013
Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush cover a lot of ground in their heartbreaking documentary examining the hunger experienced by nearly 50 million Americans, but at less than 90 minutes, it feels a bit overstuffed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
February 26, 2013
Does a good job relaying the facts and why it's become so difficult to overcome the problems but also an incredibly emotional film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 28, 2013
Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush won't blow you away with their filmmaking, but by focusing on people grappling with hunger right now, they make their message stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 26, 2014
Tale of two Americas documentary highlights the plight of the 50 million poor folks who go to sleep hungry every night.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 28, 2013
As important and eye-opening a documentary as you'll see this year, "A Place at the Table" makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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