The Founder Reviews

September 19, 2017
The concept is no so ubiquitous that one of the fascinating things about the film is deconstructing our familiarity with it so that we can see where it came from.
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.
Top Critic
January 25, 2017
One of the must-see entertainments of the year.
January 23, 2017
Its omissions and elisions are the result not of natural narrative contours but of open choices, gaping holes, psychological wounds that a filmmaker displays all the more via the elaborate efforts at concealment ...
January 20, 2017
Keaton is fascinating as Kroc, a bad guy who embodies the American Dream - a man who isn't necessarily the best or most talented but who's willing to step on anyone to get ahead.
January 20, 2017
The Founder remains fascinating largely because Keaton is so good at guile and bile. Not once does he wink at the audience or overplay the obvious.
January 20, 2017
John Lee Hancock serves up a biopic of McDonald's king Ray Kroc that is not unlike the restaurant's product: precisely prepared, brightly packaged, and uncomplicated in its appeal. Or at least, that's how it goes down much of the time.
January 20, 2017
As limp and cold as The Founder is as a movie, it contains one of the finest Keaton performances of his entire career, maybe the one he's been working his whole life toward.
January 20, 2017
"The Founder" is a bit like McDonald's: it's satisfying, but it leaves you hungry for more.
January 19, 2017
The Founder represents two hours well-spent, especially for anyone with a fascination for complex characters or an interest in the shenanigans that transformed an unpretentious local restaurant into a global force.