Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Reviews

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2012

The issue remains that this variety of faux-populism seems better suited to the soapbox than the silver screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
Top Critic
July 24, 2012

An occasionally fascinating, if ultimately reductive, showdown between First Amendment rights and corporate power.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
September 20, 2012

Interesting enough but there's nothing here a Wikipedia page won't tell you.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Abrams
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 31, 2012

The film's protests of censorship ring hollow given its selective version of the truth.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
January 21, 2012

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* makes a damning case against Dole as a corporate bully eager to silence criticism, but it raises troubling questions about the veracity of its own case it frustratingly has no interest in answering.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
September 10, 2012

A compelling case study in the perils of taking on Goliath, and a timely parable about modern media and corporate "reputation anxiety".

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
September 20, 2012

Corporate PR has seldom looked so sinister, or daft.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 21, 2012

A film that convinces you that individuals' actions can make a difference.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 20, 2012

A sweetly quixotic documentary about the justice sought by a Swedish film-maker after Dole, the fruit-tinning company, tried to ban his earlier documentary about pesticide-poisoned banana pickers in Nicaragua.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
September 18, 2012

Compelling and often shocking.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
September 26, 2012

A compelling story about freedom of speech, and how in a worldwide economy and digital age companies are even more apt to take aggressive measures to squelch voices and stories that can negatively impact their bottom lines.

Full Review | Original Score: B
John Anderson
Top Critic
February 2, 2012

A David-and Goliath story that delves into corporate scare tactics, legal effrontery, brand protection, media manipulation, online propagandizing and craven behavior.

S. James Wegg
May 17, 2012

Lying as a corporate art form

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
July 26, 2012

A provocative look at what can happen when corporate power takes aim at independent film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 22, 2012

Important ...

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 3, 2012

An eye-opening look at the way the U.S. media fell lockstep behind Dole's claims.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
July 25, 2012

Far more dramatic than Dragon Tattoo since it involves a real Swede against real vicious corporate pigs. The truth, of course, is always more interesting than fiction.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
September 16, 2012

A punchy examination of an oppressive corporate machinery in full swing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
September 20, 2012

Gertten's film deftly lifts the lid on the black ops of 21st-century "brand management". Dole comes out smelling of ordure.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 21, 2012

A salutary story.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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