Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 13, 2014
    100
    Dropping us into a perfect storm of avarice, this cool and incisive snapshot of global capitalism at work is as remarkable for its access as for its refusal to judge.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 11, 2014
    100
    This film, a great one, demands a follow-up.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Rachel Boynton’s extraordinary Big Men should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    When on-the-ground reality is conveyed with the complexity and fascination it is here, unforgettable documentaries are always the result.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 26, 2014
    91
    Rachel Boynton’s gripping doc shows you what happens when the greed of oil companies meets the chaos of postcolonial Africa.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 27, 2014
    88
    Boynton’s most impressive feat in Big Men is how she takes an impossibly convoluted scenario, makes sense of it and tells a story that’s riveting on its own but also serves as a parable about greed and human nature.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Mar 8, 2014
    88
    No one corporation or person plans to trample over the wellbeing of the Ghanaian people, but as the story of the development progress, the breadth of Rachel Boynton's research shows how it will occur regardless.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Mar 18, 2014
    83
    Boynton's film is refreshingly complex.

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