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Fast Food Nation Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009
Avril Lavigne even pops up to rail against deforestation. Who knew she could pronounce it?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 20, 2006
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
To me at least, there were just too many ingredients.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 18, 2006
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Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 18, 2006
To a degree, Fast Food Nation gets the job done, not least because of a harrowing section, late in the film, made up of actual slaughterhouse footage.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 17, 2006
Even if you swear off burgers forever, it won't make Fast Food Nation's characters come to life.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 17, 2006
Fast Food Nation translates gracelessly to fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 17, 2006
They say you don't want to see what goes on behind the scenes in the making of sausage or politics. Fast Food Nation blends the two, and the result may not be a very good movie, but it certainly is effectively disgusting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 17, 2006
Fast Food Nation is alternately funny and disturbing, and surprisingly informative, even as it sacrifices some of its strength by lecturing to an audience that might be snacking on fake cheese-covered corn chips and calorie-laden cola.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 17, 2006
Too many story threads are consistently ignored or dropped altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2006
A frustratingly toothless film whose heart is in the right place even if its head isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 17, 2006
Linklater and Schlosser have plenty to say. They just fail to say it cohesively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2006
A study of contamination in the food chain and in the culture at large, whether the offending microbes spill forth from cattle intestines, the corridors of corporate power or the seat of government.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 17, 2006
Fast Food Nation would have benefited from a longer running time -- the movie often feels like it's missing big chunks of plot -- but Linklater's cautionary message gets through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 17, 2006
No question, these are alarming issues, but I would direct you to Schlosser's book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 17, 2006
Where's the beef? There is no tasty nutritious plot to chew on, merely lots of cheap info McNuggets meant to be gulped down quickly without thinking too much.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 17, 2006
Indigestible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
A serious subject; a director who loves to listen to people talk things out; and the nightmare this must have been in the editing booth, play out in front of us in 100 of the longest minutes you might ever spend in a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2006
A rambling but potent ensemble piece.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2006
For all the filmmaker's good intentions, Fast Food Nation isn't a particularly good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 17, 2006
Those astonished to learn that animals are slaughtered to make hamburgers may well find Richard Linklater's clumsy Fast Food Nation educational; the rest of us may be underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 17, 2006
Unlike the book it's based on, Fast Food Nation won't make you think twice about what you eat. But it may make you think second thoughts about whether it might have made a better documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 17, 2006
Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation is major. It's an angry movie that could shame a Big Mac lover into having a salad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 17, 2006
Richard Linklater is channeling Robert Altman -- or at least it seems he's trying to channel Altman -- with his meandering, intertwined plot lines.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 17, 2006
There's a lot going on, but it all proceeds at Linklater's typical laid-back rhythm.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
Linklater defines his characters by their relationships, hopes, choices and weaknesses -- not, as so many directors do, by their particular socioeconomic circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 16, 2006
The film adaptation of Eric Schlossers best-selling book is far too rich and complicated to be understood as a simple, high-minded polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 16, 2006
Viewers expecting a blistering attack on the fast-food business, or an Altmanesque panorama, will be disappointed, but it's a sensitive and humane piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 16, 2006
[A] sloppy, overarching fiction that tries to do too many things at once. It's like a three-ring circus in which none of the acts is terribly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 16, 2006
Fast Food Nation works far better as journalism than as drama.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 16, 2006
The unstoppable director Richard Linklater (A Scanner Darkly) and writer Eric Schlosser take the latter's nonfiction bestseller and rig up a fictitious, sprawling narrative to take up the book's scathing talking points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 16, 2006
Effectively balanced between the nonfiction muckraking of Eric Schlosser's bestselling exposť and the loosely structured character drama of Richard Linklater's adaptation, the film is fascinating food for thought.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 16, 2006
Fast Food Nation works best when it's just hanging out with its far-flung collection of likable, flawed people living off the fat and the lean of the land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 16, 2006
What's most frustrating about Fast Food Nation is how much it promises and how little it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
Naturally, a subject this right-on draws a right-on cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 14, 2006
One leaves the theater certain what Linklater's theme was but uncertain why it was presented so ineffectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 14, 2006
Fast Food Nation is exotic for being a movie about work. Its characters struggle with some of the world's dirtiest jobs -- morally as well as physically.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 13, 2006
It's less an expose of junk-food culture than a human drama, sprinkled with sly, provoking wit, about how that culture defines how we live.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 13, 2006
Fast Food Nation gives you much to chew on and much to expel, but at least you'll be sick for a healthy cause.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2006
While the original book assumed an adult level of intelligence, the film pitches itself squarely at the sort of American teenager who would be shocked to learn that a fast food chain was anything but a pillar of the local community.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 19, 2006
In the end, viewers waiting for an emotional and/or dramatic payoff will be disappointed. As a call-to-arms, it's highly sympathetic but surprisingly mild-mannered.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2006
Fast Food Nation is punchless.