King Corn (2007)



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Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat--and how we farm.
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Critic Reviews for King Corn

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.

November 16, 2007
Seattle Times
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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
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Deftly balances humor and insight.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
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It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for King Corn

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 Schultz
Dan Schultz

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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 Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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The subject is interesting but the execution is lacking.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

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