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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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Everyone has seen Wal-Mart's lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money trying to convince you it cares about your family, your community, and even its own employees? What is it hiding? Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities.

Nov 15, 2005

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Advocacy journalism at its most unsparing, and it demands to be seen, discussed, argued with, and acted upon.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.

November 16, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn't have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box.

November 14, 2005
New Yorker
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Wal-Mart says director Robert Greenwald's film is misleading and inaccurate, but it's hard to dispute the personal accounts from former Wal-Mart employees who speak from experience.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Whatever Greenwald lacks in style he makes up for with a deluge of facts and figures and a populist feel that make his movies, this one included, accessible even to the most politically naive.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Greenwald has shrewdly chosen not to go with classic talking head types like economists, academics and journalists. Instead he talked to current and former Wal-Mart employees, including several with a dozen or more years with the company.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Embora irregular (as seqüências que se focam na China beiram o ridículo, com a dublagem e os apelidos dos entrevistados), o filme de Greenwald estabelece argumentos fortes que levam o espectador a desejar boicotar a empresa-título.

December 29, 2006
Cinema em Cena

If Greenwald's intention was to make the audience very angry indeed then the film is a resounding success ... it'll definitely make you want to boycott Asda.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Once again David slays Goliath in a documentary that has no pretense of being objective

January 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

It's a bill of indictment, really, more than an objective survey. Greenwald often makes his arguments with a kind of prosecutorial zeal that makes you chary of swallowing it whole.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A searing expose of the greed and systemic poor treatment of its workers by the largest corporation in the world.

December 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you think you already know all about how evil and rapacious America's largest retailer is, wait 'til you see this latest exercise in muckraking from Robert Greenwald...

November 23, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

The information in the film is largely anecdotal and not analytical. This is what gives the film its power.

November 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Effective muckraking documentary.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...will win few points for art...but its subject matter provides such a wealth of material that subtlety is hardly required, nor even desired.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Greenwald paints a portrait -- one that has Wal-Mart frantically countering with damage-control plans -- that says the corporate juggernaut is sticking it to all of us.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The documentary compiles a wide array of corporate offenses.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

These good people cast their votes, close up shop and then scratch their heads, wondering how something like Wal-Mart could happen in a place like America.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

"It will change the way you think, feel, and shop..."

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is an extremely important documentary, even more so now then when it was even made. The film came out in 2005 and 8 years later, it's still as relevant as it was when first released. It's a film that is supposed to open your eyes up to what these global corporations are doing to not only the economy, but to individuals all over the world and also to communities like we all live in. Wal-Mart is an easy target to attack, as it is the biggest and most profitable corporation in existence. Not only should this be a wake up call for what Wal-Mart is doing, but for what many corporations are involved in on an everyday basis. It's disgusting.

A variety of angles are taken here to show the corrupt, manipulative nature of Wal-Mart. If we were to take their word for it, Wal-Mart would only be seen as a good thing. The prices are low which help the average family make ends meet with their budget. Also, the CEO would like us to believe that their employees are important to them, that they are given good benefits, and good pay. In reality none of this is true, but the lie is easy to sell when you're selling everything at the cheapest price and have billions of dollars to advertise more lies.

Wal-Mart is just another example of everything that is wrong with America today. What happened to the good old days, when mom and pop stores thrived, and people were actually able to make up their own minds on where to shop. Now advertising agencies know exactly how to warp everyone's minds and can pretty much make us believe anything is good and helpful to our communities. You gotta love America now. It's corporately owned from government to community and this movie does a great job showing Wal-Mart's involvement in our downfall.
June 16, 2013
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Melvin White

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Documentary about the business practices of Wal Mart is an eye opening film that tells the behind the scenes story of what really happens. Everyone shops at Wal Mart; they are the biggest chain store in the world. This is a compelling documentary that explores an important topic. In many ways, we all know how Wal Mart operates, and it is very unfair and immoral. However, the store chain has such a grasp on our culture, which it is hard to boycott when it is the only store in a small town. I really don't approve of their methods, but I guess big corporations can easily get away with it because they have a major foothold in retail sales. This is a must see documentary and it is also an important one. Watching this film you realize that big companies like Wal Mart can get away with so much because they make huge profits. The film examines what the company does to small businesses, their employees and the environment. Despite its importance, I don't believe that the film will do anything to really make an impact on consumers. But for me, I was stunned at what I watched and thought that this is worth seeing. Wal Mart should definitely change their policies as they are one of the leading chain stores in the world, and many other companies are sure to use the same practices. Overall this is a shocking documentary and it is an eye opening film that definitely uncovers some truths that the company will surely find hard to reply to. With a film like this, the company should definitely have revised what they do in terms of business practices to protect at least some form of integrity. However, they only care about profits and don't care about the cost of what the company do to communities and people in general.
March 27, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

It is one of my sources of happiness to say that: I dont know Wal-Mart, neither do I take one sided Documentaries serious. What this Documentary shows, it is not a secret those many 'chain stores and every second little store around the corner do it already since before the Wal-Mart. I think these kind of Documentary confuse people and just cause headache.
December 7, 2009
ScoopOnline
Wahida K

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Ok, everyone already knows that Wal-mart and Wal-mart like stores are sucking the blood of the country. This film brings up lots of good points, but really they are just attacking the big name of an already established system that sucks. It's called 'chain stores'. Everybody pays people in China pennies to make our crap, even small buisnesses. A friend of mine makes board games, turns hardly any profit, but still has them made in China. Does it suck? Yes. Also, I like how they play up that nobody gets paid anything to work there. It's called minimum wage, and believe me you can get that same low pay in just about any place you work at these days. And the health insurance is unaffordable in all those places too. My wife and I have college degrees and still get paid minimum wage with no health benifits. And yes, Wal-mart has lots of crime in its parking lots, but that's because there are tons of wal marts in the world and that increases the odds of crime happening in them. Hell, somebody shot someone inside the Fred Meyer down the street from where I live. I hate to shop at wal-mart. I often wonder where these 'low prices' they talk about are at, because it costs the same as everywhere else that I've seen. Truth is, nothing is more ugly than traveling across country and seeing that in every town you stop in, all the buisnesses are exactly the same: Chilis, FedEx, Papa's Pizza, Taco Bell, etc etc. There is no place for the Ma and Pop stores anymore, which super sucks because it's helping to replace buisness owners with low paid workers. STILL. This documentary is totally one sided which I hate in any documentary, even when they are right. What they didn't do is discus how the only real way that Wal-mart is flurishing is because the people in these communities shop there in the first place. So whose fault is it? Morons that shop there. They're just another animal filling a nitch to survive.
December 1, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

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