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American Cannibal: The Road to Reality Reviews

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Film Threat
October 2, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 15, 2007
essential viewing for any latter-day TV watcher.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 22, 2007
If there's one thing to be learned from American Cannibal, it's this: Pursuing a career in the TV industry is only for those with a superhuman tolerance for sleazy opportunism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Ordo˝a
Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2007
The real savagery is in the satire, coldly measuring the lengths to which contestants might go and the depths to which the protagonists sink.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 5, 2007
American Cannibal is ostensibly about the phony, exploitative nature of reality TV, and though documentarians Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro hit that point too hard by piling up interviews with TV experts who speak in exaggerated cautionary tones,
| Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 23, 2007
"American Cannibal" is a fast-paced satire about the state reality television that builds its humor on its depiction of the limits our current reality TV craze.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2007
For all of its self-consciously sophisticated layering, American Cannibal manages a few authentically dark moments of its own.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 21, 2007
A genuine cinematic hoot, while also providing insight into the ways of American mass entertainment.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 17, 2007
To the film's credit, it's finally a whistle-blower on unsafe shooting practices, not unsafe dining habits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 16, 2007
Until everything collapses, and the filmmakers are left grasping at straws, it's absorbing in a sick way.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 16, 2007
Reality TV has rarely cared much about truth -- and maybe this is the doc it deserves. The crass truthiness here is far more apt than any of the glossy satire in American Dreamz.
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
March 16, 2007
Less a piece of incisive cultural commentary than a riveting portrait of two nice guys whose lives and careers go into a tailspin, one moral compromise at a time.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 16, 2007
It's insightful as well as entertaining, and the inclusion of real interviews with people both inside and outside the business means it functions as both an intelligent critique and a dire warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2007
The picture is mesmerizing, in a crash-on-the-highway sense; but the fact that your worst suspicions about the people who cook up some of this stuff are confirmed is in no way gratifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 14, 2007
Reality TV often consists of greasy hybrids -- it's The Osbournes meets Andrew Dice Clay! -- and this exposÚ of how the reality sausage gets made, is itself less than pure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 12, 2007
Reflects the way in which reality TV manufactures fraudulent "truth," and how such phony legitimacy can be both misleading and still seductive and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 7, 2007
Not so much an examination of the tragic trajectory of an ill-fated reality-TV show but just the biggest hoax since The Blair Witch Project.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2007
| Original Score: 0/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 2, 2007
How far would you go to eat a finger?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 17, 2007
Reality television is painful enough to watch at home, let alone on the big screen, but directors Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro somehow didn't get the message.
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