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A Place at the Table Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2013
Hunger in America is not about a shortage of food but an abundance of poverty. This is where the spiral spins downward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 4, 2013
A shocking indictment of how people are starving in the land of plenty ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 8, 2013
You don't have to be a fan of info-graphics in social-justice docs to be troubled by one showing that the price of processed food has decreased in almost exact proportion to the rise in cost of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2013
"A Place at the Table" presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 1, 2013
One thing is clear from "A Place at the Table": You cannot answer the question "Why are people hungry?," without also asking "Why are people poor?"
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 1, 2013
It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children-in short, the American dream. See it and weep.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
As rich as we are as a nation - still - many of our citizens are, at best, malnourished. One in six says they regularly don't have enough to eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 1, 2013
It deserves to be seen, along with "Food, Inc.," "King Corn" and other muckraking food docs of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 1, 2013
A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2013
The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
Revealing little that a moderately informed viewer will not already know, the film shies away from the outrage and bare-knuckle journalism that this shameful topic deserves.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 28, 2013
In addition to the dismaying facts and figures is a fuller sense of what hunger can look like, and feel like, among the millions of Americans classified as "food-insecure" ...
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 28, 2013
So many of the words spoken in Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's moving documentary about hunger in the U.S., "A Place at the Table," will haunt you long after the film is over.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2013
A well-reported and devastating look at hunger in rural America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 28, 2013
As important and eye-opening a documentary as you'll see this year, "A Place at the Table" makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
February 28, 2013
A tighter focus, or even just a voiceover narration, might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 28, 2013
Their stories are wrenching and provide a functional framework for the directors to make some important points about hunger in America.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 28, 2013
A graceless info-dump bracketed by interviews with activists and a handful of personal stories from suffering families around the country.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2013
A good documentary that is good for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
Through their stories, Jacobson and Silverbush lens a broader picture of rampant hunger in a country that actually produces astounding amounts of food.
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
February 26, 2013
As an info dump, Table is admirably efficient, addressing everything from obesity to the limits of charity. As a film, it's less compelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Impassioned doc examines the reemergence of widespread hunger in U.S.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Finding North is a useful, engaging and enraging movie that will enlist supporters for its cause.