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  • Summary: This feature documentary analyzes the very nature of the corporate institution, its impacts on our planet, and what people are doing in response. (Zeitgeist Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. It’s coolheaded and incisive, a thorough and informative study of corporations, their origins and their place in the modern world.
  2. Cogent, scary and, at times, sickening.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    What it covers is so fundamentally relevant, and its polemic so persuasively structured, it’s worth braving the runtime even if it could easily have been more concise.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill White
    Too short to tell the whole story. It is, however, a fast-paced, highly enjoyable and provocative introduction.
  5. 75
    Delivers its provocative message in the measured tones of a college professor -- yet there's no danger of falling asleep in this lecture.
  6. 70
    A leisurely, never boring, grimly amusing, and not entirely hopeless disquisition on the contemporary world's "dominant institution."
  7. This is another unhelpful screed, uncontaminated by sense or perspective, that preaches loudly to the choir.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. MorganG.
    Mar 6, 2009
    A wonderful, compelling indictment of the most powerful institution of our times. For those that claim about partiality; it is supposed to be. The film makers clearly state they are looking to critique this institution; and even still they clearly present the arguments of those on the far-right and prominent corporate figures. Critical theorists in political philosophy always preach that, even when attempting to be, impartiality is impossible. Indeed, the guise of impartiality is as much a subordination to an illiberal and unfair status quo. Thus, what is left is to make an argument based on logic and evidence; reason, to make one's point. This, the corporation clearly does. The movie makes a clear argument and takes on opposing evidence! A great documentary that will hopefully open the eyes of some. Expand
  2. Mark
    Apr 21, 2006
    Another must see! Open your eyes folks and be engrossed, scared and perplexed with this powerful film.
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    An absolute must-see for anyone who cares about educating themselves about everything that has gone wrong with America (and countries that follow a very similar model like Canada, etc.). If you're the type of person that thinks ignorance is bliss and just want to go on your merry way believing the corporations you buy all of your stuff from have nothing but the best intentions towards you and your environment this film is not for you. However, if you are a person who wants to know the truth about how the world really works so you possibly might be able to do something about injustices in it that need to be overcome then this film is for you. Expand
  4. RudyS
    Oct 22, 2007
    Those who condemn it as some form of propaganda or completely partial fail to realize that this film attempts to give you one side of the story. The movie makes convincing arguments as to why the corporate agenda may not be sustainable. Criticizing the movie for not giving a pro-corporation side is condemning it for something it isn't meant to be. It's a critique of the corporate agenda and should be something people on all sides of the political spectrum should see. Even if you disagree with their positions view it at least to broaden your own view and understand the anti-corporate side of the argument while people who agree with this movie should examine the pro-corporate side. Expand
  5. PepP.
    Oct 26, 2008
    Fantastic documental movie!!!
  6. MikeB.
    Oct 17, 2006
    Forget your standard-issue horror flicks, this film is truly the most frightening piece of cinema I've ever subjected myself to. The Corporation puts the fear of the Invisible Hand into the viewer, doing for capitalism what Jaws did for beaches. Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2011
    Isolated as a narrative but powerful and educational in equal measure. Heavy-handed with the anti-capitalist message, the film is ironically exposed as a "how to succeed in business/marketing" and is repetitive at worst. Consider the words of Goodyear's CEO as insightful but the platform for change is anti-human and boundaries between positive and negative are never highlighted. Despite the many collaborations with learned figures there is little humanity on show and the subject matter is generalised. If learning is the mode of communication then this film has succeeded but it never delves deep enough to expose the truth instead opting to focus on entertainment. 10 for execution 6 for subjects = 8/10 (79/100) Expand

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