Big Men


Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 13, 2014
    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
    This film, a great one, demands a follow-up.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 13, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Boynton's film is refreshingly complex.
  9. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    Mar 14, 2014
    It's those bigger questions about our nature and our capacity to think beyond self interest that will stick with you.
  10. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 11, 2014
    Thankfully, Big Men doesn’t have heroes or villains. It’s a deep dive into an endless pool of moral and political ambiguity in which very little is clear-cut, except that the desire for wealth and power.

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