Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Aaron Woolf's we-are-what-we-eat documentary King Corn is a lively introduction to the corn industrial complex.
  2. A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.
  3. 83
    The film always teaches and entertains in equal, ample measure. It's a treat -- and it's good for you.
  4. The film’s light hand, appealing style, and simple exposition make it an eminently watchable inquiry into the politics of food and public health, accessible to the documentary-shy and wildly appropriate for older kids, who may further respond to its generational emphasis.
  5. Neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.
  6. 75
    It's fair to say that a meaner documentary might have packed more punch. But it's hard to imagine Michael Moore turning out anything that feels as pleasantly nourishing.
  7. Reviewed by: Zack Haddad
    A very creative documentary that takes a seemingly dull topic and makes it entertaining.
  8. 70
    Thankfully, this information arrives via a graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    King Corn will put you off corn for a long, long time, but this is as much a thoughtful meditation on the plight of the American farmer as it is a rant against our expanding waistlines.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    No doubt inspired to some degree by "Super Size Me," this equally engaging, slightly better-crafted documentary deftly balances humor and insight.
  11. 70
    It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.
  12. 70
    In this 2006 entry the insights are worthwhile.
  13. 63
    Homey but not especially interesting trips down the Ellis and Cheney family lanes.
  14. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Mr. Cheney and Mr. Ellis are so pleasantly nondescript that they make no particular impression. As a result, all the time spent on autobiographical detail and personal banter hampers the film’s urgency, and plays like an awkward attempt to justify a format that the filmmakers are too self-effacing to exploit.

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