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The Founder Reviews

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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
February 16, 2017
The Founder could have been a Preston Sturges-style comedy/biopic - a high-mischief fairy tale with moral resonance. Instead it does little but polish Ray Kroc's boots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2017
A special, worthwhile film that promises more confrontational Hollywood films in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2017
The Founder represents a veritable plunge into darkness. It's impossible to look at Ray Kroc and not see America's complex relationship with capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2017
How does the American Dream become the American Success Story? The Founder shows us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
February 14, 2017
It's only after the film has finished you realised that the key, and the paramount focus, should've been on sheer uncompromising business of the film's leading character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2017
Keaton sells the crap out of Kroc's filet-o-fishy business, but sauce overrides substance: it needed tougher meat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2017
Impeccably detailed set design, costume design ... The Founder makes for an enhanced historical documentary and a view into the insidiousness of good business.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 9, 2017
The Founder ends up feeling extremely wishy-washy, unable to scrub the nastiness of Kroc's success but also incapable of confronting it.
February 8, 2017
At the centre is the astonishing performance by Keaton as the man whose moral fibre is nowhere as strong as his ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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