Big Boys Gone Bananas!*


Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

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  1. Reviewed by: Budd Wilkins
    Jul 25, 2012
    The issue remains that this variety of faux-populism seems better suited to the soapbox than the silver screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 5, 2012
    The relentlessness of corporate might is disturbing but no surprise; "Big Boys" is, however, an eye-opening look at the way the U.S. media fell lockstep behind Dole's claims.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 26, 2012
    Documenting the vigorous strategies employed by the Dole Food Company to block the release of his 2009 film "Bananas!" - about a lawsuit brought by Nicaraguan workers who suspected the company's use of dangerous pesticides - the Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten gains traction by taking the high road.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jul 25, 2012
    A David-and Goliath story that delves into corporate scare tactics, legal effrontery, brand protection, media manipulation, online propagandizing and craven behavior.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 31, 2012
    While Big Boys addresses the extent to which journalists (particularly in the U.S., Gertten believes) too readily accept the claims of powerful entities, the film misses the opportunity to explore this issue in a more universal way.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 25, 2012
    Detailing his efforts to distribute Bananas!*, his 2009 exposé on Dole's use of toxic chemicals in Nicaragua, Swedish documentarian Fredrik Gertten's latest plays as an occasionally fascinating, if ultimately reductive, showdown between First Amendment rights and corporate power.
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  1. Jan 1, 2014
    The critics who rated this movie are the most special type of douche bags IMHO. The film is really an 8 or a 9, but I need to offset theThe critics who rated this movie are the most special type of douche bags IMHO. The film is really an 8 or a 9, but I need to offset the mostly flimsy arguments made for such low ratings, which really amounts to another total corporate hand-job the movie portrays the media regularly doing. And even more ironically, these critics exercising the same rights this movie effectively points out are under great threat, when someone with money doesn't like what you have to say. Where's the solidarity boys and girls? Here's a link to one of my comments to one of them under "jd" precisely describing my sentiment. Moving on.

    The criticisms that the film could have done a better job on cluing us all in on the legal content is fair I think. I am curious why they didn't try to summarize that a little more accurately. Good point that takes a point of the score.

    Another critic was upset that the main character and subject of the lawsuits and documentary was grand-standing and making himself the star of the movie... well no He happens to be the main subject of the movie and lawsuits on the documentary in question. Yes, like me, you probably just got stupider after reading that. I'm sorry; that's our media for you.

    Anyway, what's accomplished here, in this documentary, is a rare peek at PR firms, lawyers, and pseudo grass roots activities, and the utter havoc they can reek on our rights, on the behalf of the highest bidders; Dole in this case.

    This is a TERRIFYING documentary about the damage that is achieved on the free speech and free press rights by the country that made those concepts cool in the first place! For sake, this guy wasn't even American; and his entire nation stood up and showed us what the US used to look like through their actions. The film very clearly demonstrates how our American media is failing it's people. We are losing our skepticism and curiosity on those with power (another bad-ass concept the founders of this country did and encouraged). Now we are standing idly by while the victims like the ones in this documentary are by interests that simply don't like what they have to say. Well that, my friends. This film is important and there should be more like it.

    Please post a review after your done. If you have any legit criticisms, let's hear it. Perhaps I am missing something, but, so far, I've only seen mostly untenable bull**** claimed by the pseudo-critics that have given such low ratings.
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