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The Corporation (2004)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 2

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


Documentary, Drama, Special Interest


Joel Bakan

Apr 5, 2005


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

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Carries a powerful, albeit not new, message. It is frightening.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The rare movie that sets out to alter the audience's consciousness -- and succeeds.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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This documentary's extra-long running time and a narrator who sounds like a sedated Star Trek computer won't win many converts.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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This is a movie that will make you think.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Sharp-witted, infuriating and at times depressing.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The undercurrent of this exhaustive critique is really all about good and evil, and in what ways often sordid human history is determined, not as a product of malice, but by the most typical people who could care less.

June 2, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

It's the Lord of the Rings of modern documentaries: epic, vivid, wise, well-paced, expansive%u2014the kind of movie that makes you want to do more with your life.

August 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

One of those necessary films that we have to see for our own health.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Corporation is overlong, yes, and opinionated, true. But it's also fine journalism.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

In our current polarized cultural climate, it seems there are fewer and fewer people for whom The Corporation is a wake up call.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

[A]ngry, bitter, but frequently funny, funky, and mesmerizing in-your-face documentary... [A] triumphantly muckracking film...

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Abrangente, jornalisticamente impecável, inteligente, complexo e socialmente responsável - mas também repetitivo e mais longo do que o ideal.

November 26, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's enough to bring out the rebel in even the most loyal executive.

November 10, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If we stick with it, we're rewarded with a terrifying portrait of the global economic and political system and a strong sense of moral responsibility.

November 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Compulsively involving

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Its intent and message are dead on, but The Corporation just doesn't work that well as a film.

October 28, 2004
Planet Sick-Boy

A smart and scary film.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A must-see that exposes the increasing interconnection of business, politics and 'every living system of Earth'...

October 25, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A very provocative film which comes off as dull, repetitive and way too long.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Far too often, watching The Corporation is like watching someone deliver a lengthy book report, with constant repetition of themes and an unfortunate tendency to state the obvious.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for The Corporation

Shocking, effective, leftist, snarky and entertaining Canadian.
July 7, 2007

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This movie will infuriate you, no matter which side of the debate you're on.
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A well-made eye-opener documentary.
February 4, 2011

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