Fast Food Nation Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 17, 2006
As satisfying as a meal at Mickey's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
A serious subject; a director who loves to listen to people talk things out; and the nightmare this must have been in the editing booth, play out in front of us in 100 of the longest minutes you might ever spend in a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ali Gray
November 3, 2012
Linklater is preaching to the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
November 14, 2006
One leaves the theater certain what Linklater's theme was but uncertain why it was presented so ineffectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
November 19, 2006
Our advice - if you do feel compelled to hit the mall to see this movie, don't go out to eat afterwards.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
December 1, 2009
'Fast Food Nation' might have translated into a compelling documentary. Instead, Schlosser's research is used as a springboard into a sluggish fictional narrative that merely hints at the grim reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Alt-weekly defeatism
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2006
Fast Food Nation is punchless.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
To me at least, there were just too many ingredients.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 16, 2006
It begins to feel less like a movie than a position paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
November 16, 2006
As weak and bland as a McDonald's hamburger patty.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
October 18, 2006
I've never eaten fast food in my life. After seeing this movie, you will join my egg-whites-only lifestyle. For you, it will take the on-screen gutting of a cow to do it.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 16, 2006
Fast Food Nation works far better as journalism than as drama.
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Todd McCarthy
May 19, 2006
In the end, viewers waiting for an emotional and/or dramatic payoff will be disappointed. As a call-to-arms, it's highly sympathetic but surprisingly mild-mannered.
Brian Orndorf
November 16, 2006
All Linklater can do is play to the rafters, and for a film that's intended to wean audiences off fast food, you might find yourself purchasing some after the show just to spite this disappointing film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 17, 2006
Where's the beef? There is no tasty nutritious plot to chew on, merely lots of cheap info McNuggets meant to be gulped down quickly without thinking too much.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 17, 2006
Richard Linklater is channeling Robert Altman -- or at least it seems he's trying to channel Altman -- with his meandering, intertwined plot lines.
| Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2007
It's a shame that film is as priggish, poorly constructed and plug earnest as it is.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2006
While the original book assumed an adult level of intelligence, the film pitches itself squarely at the sort of American teenager who would be shocked to learn that a fast food chain was anything but a pillar of the local community.
Kim Voynar
November 17, 2006
...I couldn't help but think as I was watching it how much greater the impact would have been, had we been following real immigrant workers in this situation through the lens of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 25, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 18, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2007
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
December 30, 2006
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
October 27, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 18, 2006
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