Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. One of 2005's must-see documentaries.
  2. Garcia's somber narration is a turnoff, but this plucky little diatribe gets you thinking about the larger implications facing future generations.
  3. 75
    Enlightening documentary.
  4. 75
    Anyone looking for a more practical horror film than ''The Fog" should try The Future of Food.
  5. Suffers from a simplistic reductionism that suggests buying from local organic farmers might help avert the possibility of a worldwide famine triggered by Monsanto's suicide gene. It is a noble and quaint solution to a situation that won't be easily swayed by consumer votes.
  6. 70
    Garcia's far-more-info-than-tainment style seems a little staid, but Future Of Food's clear, intelligent journalism and rich cinematography help take the edges off the immense brick of data Garcia lobs through the window of America's biotech industry.
  7. 70
    As Future untangles the many ways in which our food supply has been co-opted and tainted in pursuit of a booming bottom line, you realize that beneath its tasteful fa├žade, Garcia's documentary is actually nothing short of a pure horror film.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    The result is a powerful, if one-sided, attack on the GM food industry. The film should appeal to audiences with an interest in healthy living.
  9. 70
    I tend to approach green documentaries with all the enthusiasm of an unemployed logger, but this hard-charging digital video about genetically modified organisms kept me on the edge of my seat with its lucid exposition and frontal assault on Monsanto.
  10. Reviewed by: James Crawford
    60
    Wisely eschews standard anti-corporate bombast for measured tones.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Despite its shortcomings, it's an effective clarion call that will no doubt stir audiences to action, even if it doesn't quite prepare them for the important battle ahead.
  12. 60
    Detailed and intensely researched documentary.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Genetically-modified (or GM) fruits and vegetables are a topic of raging debate in scientific and ecological circles, so it's a shame writer-director Deborah Koons Garcia opts to show only one side of the argument.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. NicoleV.
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    A must see for anyone who eats food and cares about what they eat. If you know to buy organic or Non GMO foods, this doc will NOT scare you A must see for anyone who eats food and cares about what they eat. If you know to buy organic or Non GMO foods, this doc will NOT scare you into not eating, just to be a bit more cautious. They present many facts that get you thinking about how GMO foods may affect the future. One in particular is the US gov't patent on the suicide gene- that is something we should all know about to make sure it is NOT used. Hopefully nobody sees this doc to be entertained as it is meant to enlighten us, though it definitely keeps you captivated! Ignorance is bliss until the truth comes crashing down on you. It is time now we are informed about the hidden aspects of our country. GMO definitely falls under that category. Full Review »
  2. JimG
    Jan 7, 2006
    4
    Seemingly informative film killed by lifeless droning narration. Not clear what the counterpoint is to the film's asssertions as seems Seemingly informative film killed by lifeless droning narration. Not clear what the counterpoint is to the film's asssertions as seems to be no effort to present opposing views. Not sure what people saw in this film. Full Review »
  3. MaxP
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    Scary S**T! I am afraid to eat anything. This is a great and scary look into our food system and the corporations who are getting way too Scary S**T! I am afraid to eat anything. This is a great and scary look into our food system and the corporations who are getting way too much control into our food. Full Review »