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Food, Inc. (2009)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 102
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen.

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 73,566


Movie Info

In "Food, Inc.," filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect … More

PG (for some thematic material and disturbing images)
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Nov 3, 2009
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Food, Inc.

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

This is the kind of muckraking we should see more often.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

This solidly constructed documentary aims to do for food production what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Smart, gripping, and untainted by the influence of Michael Moore.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

After you see what IBP is doing to cattle, what Tyson is doing to chickens, what farmers are doing to us and what Monsanto is doing to farmers in the new documentary Food, Inc., you may never eat again.

Full Review… | July 8, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A mind-boggling, heart-rending, stomach-churning expose on the food industry.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If you are what you eat, we are mostly genetically modified, poorly regulated, unhealthy meat byproducts generating profits for a few gargantuan corporations.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

One word of caution: Eat before you see it. After it's over, the idea of a swing through the drive-thru might not be so appetizing.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

A doco which could make you sick!

Full Review… | December 31, 2010

Food, Inc. -- a disturbing expose of the food industry -- is essential watching. You need to see it. Take your kids. Take your neighbour's kids. Take a stranger's kids (well, maybe that's a bit much).

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

As a piece of investigative journalism, it does a terrific job examining the real price paid for nice plump chicken breasts, disease-resistant soya beans and hamburger for all.

July 4, 2010

Concerned with entertainment value as well as clarity and punch, he uses lots of colourful graphics, and moves quickly from one aspect of his subject to another.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
The Age (Australia)

This enlightening film takes aim at the US food industry by exposing the astounding and dubious means by which the source of our food is harvested and processed.

Full Review… | May 17, 2010
Sunday Times (Australia)

An activist-made film of considerable interest, Food, Inc is also a piece of investigative journalism that tells us a thousand things that are pertinent to eating everyday food. Did you know that chickens are farmed to fatten in 45 days and grow bigger

Full Review… | April 25, 2010
Urban Cinefile

A heartfelt condemnation of mass-produced, chemically treated food, though it covers so many areas of concern in 94 minutes that it is necessarily superficial.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

A seriously important film.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

An insightful and at times troubling exposť of the American food industry.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
The Skinny

Compelling, entertaining and illuminating documentary which makes you think twice, and then a few more times, about eating anything at all in U.S.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
Empire Magazine

Overused narration treats the audience like the cattle being abused on screen; a continuous score rams the message home, just in case we missed the point...

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
Times [UK]

Living off the fat of corporate farming

Full Review… | February 10, 2010

The film's inherently ambitious sensibilities initially serve it well...

Full Review… | January 20, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Feels like the Cliffs notes version of a gripping book.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Goatdog's Movies

It's a harsh feeling, but Food, Inc. does its job in just getting out the information that most of us probably want to ignore and shouldn't.

Full Review… | November 28, 2009
Window to the Movies

One shocking segment of the film follows the story of Moe Parr, a man legally hounded out of his business of cleaning seeds. He is a victim of laws which allow seed patents which are leading to corporate seed monopolies.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Laramie Movie Scope

His film shows us ugly, faceless corporate greed and its truly fatal consequences, but gives us tools to dismantle or at least throttle back the machine %u2013 and hopefully solve some of the world's ills as well.

Full Review… | November 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for Food, Inc.

A well constructed argument that criticises the food industry for its methods and the government for its lack of oversight. Prepare for jarring images of animal cruelty. What's ignored in the whole proposal is the obvious population explosion and concurrent rise in affluence of millions, affording them the luxury of eating what they choose (and, as the film itself points out, they make the wrong choice ). And so a passionate, if incomplete, presentation. If you're reading this you probably already know where you stand on this issue. Where is the doc that takes on the consequences of feeding the population explosion is what I wanna know.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


I'll have a green salad please.

Preaching to the converted here but still, knowing and seeing are two different things. It is horrifying, sickening and shocking. This was a wake up call to many people though and for that it should be praised. This is important documentary film making. It never sensationalised either, it's all there and undeniable - the companies didn't even try. People who dispute these issues really baffle me. A great documentary that should be seen by all!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

In this documentary on the american food industry, you get an inside view at where your food comes from. Seeing what Monsanto does to the farmers, what IBP is doing to the cattle, and what Tyson is doing to the chickens, you may never eat again. I know most people would just say that they can't live without their meat, and it doesn't bother them where it comes from, or what's in it. Being a vegetarian, this film opened my eyes to the prospect that even my organic produce may be full of harmful chemicals. Some of my classmates went vegetarian for life after seeing this disturbing, deeply affecting documentary. It's an important one to see. Watch it!

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer


Important. Scary. Effective. Food, Inc. is a documentary that lives up to its hype. It has a very clear message: The food industry is bad, and then it goes on to tell and show, in full view, how and why this is so. It may be a bit disorganized (after all, it has a lot to cover, from seeds to cattle), and its also hard to tell how much of the information is exaggerated in order to scare audiences into taking action, but it is obvious that this film comes from a good place and has a noble goal. The film deserves to be watched based on that fact alone.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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