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The Founder Reviews

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March 7, 2017
One of the most accurate and incisive radiographs ever made on cannibal capitalism and, of course, the shadows surrounding the American dream. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 7, 2017
A film that wins because what looks like an entrepreneur's manual ends up being something sinister under a precious name and a precious (and golden) logo. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 7, 2017
Kroc is a nasty piece of work, but the film's squeaky clean approach often makes him seem like an all-American hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 21, 2017
What makes The Founder more than just your average Jobs-style mogul biopic is how it places Michael Keaton's Ray Kroc at the centre of the film, inviting him to be both the hero and the villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 21, 2017
John Lee Hancock's film is a timely look at a moment in American history. Keaton is always watchable and the slight moral ambiguity, leaving the audience to draw their own conclusion, adds a nice layer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2017
This biopic, starring Michael Keaton as Kroc, can't reverse that outcome, of course, but it does let Mac and Dick seize something from their conqueror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 19, 2017
Interesting but rather unappetising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2017
Hancock's bland biopic offers a sanitised and sympathetic take on the burger chain's beginnings and the man who turned it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 17, 2017
While The Founder follows the usual beats of films depicting the vices of business and wealth, it distinguishes itself through a brilliant final act.
February 17, 2017
Michael Keaton delivers a storming performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2017
Keaton vividly and remorselessly projects obsessiveness, cussedness and raging ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2017
One of the many pleasures in John Lee Hancock's study of the man who made McDonald's an empire is its reminder that even the simplest ideas need to be invented.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2017
The beauty of director John Lee Hancock's film is that you swing between admiration and antipathy [for Kroc] before making your mind up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2017
You may never look at your local fast-food joint the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2017
The man, played with dark relish by Michael Keaton, has the fabulous name of Ray Kroc (there is a suitably reptilian air to his grin as he says things such as: "Contracts are like hearts. They're made to be broken").
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2017
It is a surprisingly nuanced and barbed look at the American Dream and its flip side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2017
It's a classic story of American corporate steamrollering with the little people flattened on the way to dishonestly-earned but unimaginable success ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2017
It is a cautionary tale handled in a workmanlike fashion but Keaton is sharp and compelling as we watch the rebirth of a salesman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2017
[A] bright, absorbing biopic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2017
Boosted by Michael Keaton's magnetic performance, The Founder is interesting and engaging, and while it lacks that necessary emotional punch, it still manages to deliver the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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