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  • Summary: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising -- and often shocking truths -- about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  2. Food, Inc. is hard to shake, because days after you've seen it, you may find yourself eating something -- a cookie, a piece of poultry, cereal out of the box, a perfectly round waxen tomato -- and you'll realize that you have virtually no idea what it actually is.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Sietsema
    90
    Expertly crafted documentary.
  4. 80
    For many of this movie's likely viewers, the sting built into Food, Inc. is the realization that, without unending effort, they are not all that much freer in their choices than that hard-pressed family.
  5. 75
    Food, Inc. argues that part of the reason why the food industry is so difficult to regulate is that many of the government officials currently assigned to watchdog roles were once employed by the companies they now keep tabs on.
  6. As a result, the slickly produced Food, Inc. is more deeply unsettling than it is out-and-out stomach-turning.
  7. 38
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    Food, Inc. provides an atmosphere of horror because of simply a no-holds-barred reporting style that refuses to give out to corporate demands or audience fright, but it does manage to provide a happy ending. Expand
  2. TomG.
    Aug 12, 2009
    10
    Fantastic movie, a must see!
  3. MMMM
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    Excellent yet disturbing look at the food industry - makes you question more how your food got to your plate, and makes you want to do something to improve it. I lost five pounds after watching it and eating more natural foods - I called it the "Food Inc" diet. Expand
  4. DebbieD.
    Jun 26, 2009
    9
    I've got religion as they say, since I'm a new convert to veganism. I was very excited to see this movie, and I only wish it was required viewing for everyone who eats food (or an unreasonable facsimile thereof). Expand
  5. HankB.
    Nov 7, 2009
    9
    A very interesting exposé about what happens in the industrial kitchen. I found this much more rewarding than most of the regular Michael Moore documentaries (Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine). Hopefully, by giving this movie a higher rating, more Metacritic followers will likely be more interested in seeing this film. Be proactive! Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2010
    8
    This should be required viewing for every American. Not only does it show the horrible way food is mass produced but also another example of just how broken our governmental system is. Expand
  7. MCJ.
    Jul 20, 2009
    5
    I was disappointed by this film. While it served as good viewing for people already familiar with Pollan and Schlosserhberg's writing on the subject, it was too disjointed for people new to the concepts to follow. I had hoped that this might have the same impact as Michael Moore's "Sicko" or Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth." Oh well. Expand

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