America the Beautiful (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: R (for some language including sexual references)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Darryl Roberts
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On DVD: Dec 1, 2009
First Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for America the Beautiful

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unexpectedly witty and affecting.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

America the Beautiful provides plenty of food for thought, and Roberts' passion for the subject shines through.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for America the Beautiful


A GREAT documentary that told me things I already knew but alot of things I didnt know as well (Dogs getting plastic surgery?!) I'd recommend anybody & everybody to go see it once or twice.Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? YES we do!

Brody Manson

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Informative, with some very effective interviews. It makes it?s point very clearly. A good variety of people were interviewed, giving different perspectives and keeping the story interesting.

James Higgins

highly recommend watching to girls & a few boys who care to see how much society standards are placed on "beauty".

madhu devireddy

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