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Fast Food Nation Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 3, 2007
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: A-

November 22, 2006
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

November 20, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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To me at least, there were just too many ingredients.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 20, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 18, 2006

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

November 18, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 18, 2006
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Even if you swear off burgers forever, it won't make Fast Food Nation's characters come to life.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 17, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Fast Food Nation translates gracelessly to fiction.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

November 17, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Too many story threads are consistently ignored or dropped altogether.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
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A frustratingly toothless film whose heart is in the right place even if its head isn't.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Linklater and Schlosser have plenty to say. They just fail to say it cohesively.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 17, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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No question, these are alarming issues, but I would direct you to Schlosser's book.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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

November 17, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Indigestible.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A rambling but potent ensemble piece.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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For all the filmmaker's good intentions, Fast Food Nation isn't a particularly good movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 17, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

November 17, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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

November 17, 2006
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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There's a lot going on, but it all proceeds at Linklater's typical laid-back rhythm.

November 17, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Linklater defines his characters by their relationships, hopes, choices and weaknesses -- not, as so many directors do, by their particular socioeconomic circumstances.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

November 16, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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[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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Fast Food Nation works far better as journalism than as drama.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 16, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

November 16, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2006
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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What's most frustrating about Fast Food Nation is how much it promises and how little it delivers.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

November 16, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Naturally, a subject this right-on draws a right-on cast.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 15, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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One leaves the theater certain what Linklater's theme was but uncertain why it was presented so ineffectively.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 14, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

November 13, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Fast Food Nation gives you much to chew on and much to expel, but at least you'll be sick for a healthy cause.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 13, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 30, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 19, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Fast Food Nation is punchless.

May 19, 2006
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