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American Meat (2013)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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American Meat is a solutions-‐oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring Joel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz, Fred Kirschenmann, Steve Ells, Paul Willis, and farmers across America, it takes an even-‐handed look at animal husbandry. First explaining how America arrived at our current industrial system, the story shifts to the present day, showing the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who

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Nov 25, 2013

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A low-key, fairly evenhanded look at industrial vs. organic methods of raising livestock.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Less sensationalist than its similarly themed predecessors, this informative documentary makes a strong case for the benefits of organic famring.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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An advocacy film better suited for a class than for a cinema.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The problem is that this rah-rah chronicle never addresses the dangerous, distressing disparity between non-organic farms, which are still the norm, and the ones focused on here.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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American Meat won't fully counter the negative sentiment that the meat industry has, but it's not entirely propaganda, either.

April 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Too simplistic. You can't help but recall a much more insightful and thorough doc that treads similar ground, Food, Inc.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Very informative documentary even if it allows the filthy Steve Ells of Chipotle's a platform.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A hopeful and enlightening documentary on the baby steps being taken to offer alternatives to big industry farming.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Despite the intensity of its scope and research, American Meat is a decidedly soft-hitting display of an overweening good faith that, frankly, just can't jibe with the times.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Documentary about the current state of the meat industry is straightforward yet upbeat, almost "feel-good."

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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