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The Corporation (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Corporation is a satisfyingly dense, thought-provoking rebuttal to some of capitalism's central arguments.

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One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first institution to defy history. Based on Joel Bakan's soon-to-be-published book, "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power," this documentary is a timely, critical inquiry that examines the very nature of the corporation-its inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. We begin by learning that under the law, corporations have all the rights and yet few of the responsibilities of people. By viewing the behavior of the corporation through the prism of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (or DSM III, the gold standard of psychiatric evaluation) the filmmakers discover that if the corporation were indeed a person, the person would be considered a psychopath. Featuring candid interviews with CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits, the chronicle charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this seemingly invincible force. Once you see it, you may find yourself thinking twice about what you eat, what you wear, what you watch and what you read.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Joel Bakan, Harold Crooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Box Office: $1.4M
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Critic Reviews for The Corporation

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35)

A history lesson, a warning shot and damning personality profile, all backed up with expert interviews.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Carries a powerful, albeit not new, message. It is frightening.

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Eye-opening docu on corporate power is timely, provocative.

Full Review… | September 21, 2015
Common Sense Media

The 150-year old legal construct of the corporation, as a "person," is dissected for all to see how its lack of accountability has enabled the faulty model to become a ruling institution, acting beyond the reach of any government.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009

As a clever joke, the filmmakers run down a list of the traits of a psychopath and find a corporate action to match each one. Diagnosis: psychopath. It's cute, but it's a logical fallacy.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Paste Magazine

An impressive array of interviewees, from Michael Moore to Milton Friedman, give their take on modern capitalism.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Audience Reviews for The Corporation

Shocking, effective, leftist, snarky and entertaining Canadian.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

This movie will infuriate you, no matter which side of the debate you're on.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A well-made eye-opener documentary.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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