Not as hard-hitting and incisive as it could have been but a relatively thoughtful and thought-provoking film nonetheless.
| Original Score: 3/5
A gross and engrossing attempt to humanise a hot-button subject, using a star-sprinkled cast to reveal some unpalatable truths.
Rather like a fungus-based meat substitute, this film feels as though it's good for you, but actually there are few lasting benefits.
| Original Score: 2/5
If the word 'tasteless' can be applied to a film in the most positive sense, that film is surely the pro-animal activist eco-drama, Fast Food Nation.
It's the performances and Linklater's devotion to them and not just the nation that make this a meal worth eating.
Linklater opted for his typical chatty, meandering, plotless moviemaking to present the non-story.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
It's a shame that film is as priggish, poorly constructed and plug earnest as it is.
You wish that Linklater had less of the slacker in his filmmaker soul and maybe more of the spirit of early Warner Bros.
Fast Food Nation has its heart in the right place and, even though fictionalized, it will probably open a lot of eyes. It is not, however, as effortless and enjoyable as most of Linklater's films.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Meanders when it should be on point, gets preachy instead of insightful, and presents cardboard characters at every level of the food chain.
| Original Score: 2/4
Linklater has mostly missed a golden opportunity to not only create an enduring work of art but to shame an industry into changing their ways.
| Original Score: C
For slicing through the euphemisms and getting to the heart of the matter, Fast Food Nation is the most important American film of the year.
| Original Score: A-
Carries neither satirical bite nor emotional punch, an indictment delivered in an oddly mellow tone. Don't order a helping.
| Original Score: C-
Fast Food Nation poses an interesting critical conundrum: at one point does a film's ambition make up for its dramatic clumsiness?
Though "Fast Food Nation" the movie is interesting and revelatory, it's oddly emotionless and unappealing.
Akin to a socially conscious ensemble film by John Sayles, Fast Food Nation takes aim at corporate America moreso than the McDonald's and Burger Kings of the world.
| Original Score: B-
Fast Food Nation makes you really think. It's also really sad and fairly disgusting. But if that's the bitter pill we have to swallow in order to look at what we're doing to ourselves, then it's a bad taste I can live with.
| Original Score: 4/5
Linklater tries to tell too much story. We don't have time to savor each valid piece of what he intends as a conscience-raising cautionary tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Blame director Richard Linklater and author Eric Schlosser for cooking Schlosser's best-selling book into an unhappy movie meal.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The fiction that Schlosser and the director Richard Linklater have extracted from the book is a mess, with narrative lines that go astray or simply wind up in the air.