King Corn

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King Corn takes a thought-provoking look at modern mass food production that deftly balances information and entertainment.

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Two recent college graduates travel to Iowa to investigate the role that corn plays in an increasingly complicated and dysfunctional American food industry. After planting their own small crop of corn and tracing its journey through the industry, they are alarmed to discover that corn figures in almost everything Americans eat. The consequences of this are examined through interviews with various experts and industry insiders, providing a balanced look at this American agricultural issue.

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Aaron Woolf
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Ian Cheney
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Curtis Ellis
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Curt Ellis
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Simon Beins
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Critic Reviews for King Corn

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.

    November 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.

    November 8, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • While there's no startling news here -- most people know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a staple in food processing and isn't particularly good for us -- this documentary neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.

    November 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.

    October 26, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for King Corn

  • Nov 24, 2010
    I was expecting guerilla journalism, but this delivers a more from the heart and then the head project. I was born in Iowa and have more than a passing understanding of agribusiness and I was still enlightened by some of their information. The directors main characters are two young men from Boston who can both trace their linage to the same town in Iowa. They move there and plant an acre of Corn and they want to trace where there corn ends up. They reach dead-end trying to get a story on corn syrup, so they try and make their own. They have a segment showing the unbelievably wide spread usage of corn syrup. They do an OK job showing the effect of corn fed beef and sick cows. I was surprised at the decrease in nutritional value of Beef the more it is forced to eat grain. The finally segment traces farm subsidies and the effects it has on the modern farmer. The interviews with the "baddies" is handled well, they give them a chance for rebuttal ie "If you want free range cattle we will sell that to you also, but at a higher cost." Enjoyable film would be very enlightening to people who have little experience with agribusiness.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2010
    An occasionally interesting look at the food industry concerning two guys from Boston journeying to Iowa to plant a crop of corn. What's most impressive about the film is it's ability to derive answers without going Michael Moore finger-pointing style. It does drag from time to time and it lacks a firm, solid resolution, but certainly not a bad documentary at all, but definitely one that could've been more interesting if it had tried to be.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2009
    Any documentary that has stop and go animation with fischer price and corn kernals is a good one in my book. I guess you hear 'high fructose corn syrup' in everything you eat, but I never really thought about what it was. You eat pretty much nothing but corn if you eat what most people do. Makes you want to eat hippie food instead, if only it cost less. Yikes.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2009
    A very informative movie about where corn comes from, its potential, its uses and its dangers. It is quite dry and can be slow at sometimes, But the subject matter behind it and the fact that these two boys did it by themselves is quite remarkable.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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