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  • Summary: Robert Greenwald's documentary WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop. (Brave New Films)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Greenwald floats the vital issue of whether Wal-Mart should be restrained by antimonopoly regulations, but his real question is cultural: Even with its rock-bottom prices, is Wal-Mart in the best interest of American consumers?
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Important, awareness-building documentary.
  3. Makes its case with breathtaking force.
  4. An affecting piece of work.
  5. 67
    It's not a question of agreeing or disagreeing with this film's point of view to say that it isn't as often convincing as it is convinced.
  6. Lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.
  7. 25
    Wal-Mart's home office in Bentonville, Ark., can rest easy: Greenwald, as usual, is hysterically preaching to the choir.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. BigTimer
    Jul 17, 2006
    10
    Excellent insight into powerful corporation that doesn't understand or want to understand "social responsibility" or how to take care of Excellent insight into powerful corporation that doesn't understand or want to understand "social responsibility" or how to take care of their own. Expand
  2. JamesB.
    Nov 16, 2005
    9
    This is a documentary that sheds light on the many things that we already suspected about the retail giant. I wasn't taken in by every This is a documentary that sheds light on the many things that we already suspected about the retail giant. I wasn't taken in by every aspect of the movie, such as the "poor little employee" stance against the big-bad employer....but at the end of the day (and the end of the movie), it was quite enlightening. Pay close attention to some of the statistics, according to the film, such as the Walton family (worth 102 billion dollars) donating less than 1% of their worth to charity as compared to Bill Gates' 58%. The film claims that there is nearly 27,000,000 sq. ft. of empty Wal-Marts sitting around the country collecting dust. You will not feel that you have wasted your time by watching this film. On the other hand, if your interests are confined to buying cheap stuff cheap, and you don Expand
  3. JohnBoy
    Nov 20, 2005
    6
    The film ends with a strange self-absorved thud of idolatry for the cause. Its use of music was excessively manipulative and unnecessarily The film ends with a strange self-absorved thud of idolatry for the cause. Its use of music was excessively manipulative and unnecessarily so. I have to feel that an opportunity was wasted and that, in the end, the good that this film could've done would be erased by its senseless execution of not letting the story speak for itself. I gave it a 7 because I know what Wal-Mart is about and they've presented a rather damning argument despite its poor sense of what makes a quality documentary. Expand
  4. natep.
    Nov 14, 2005
    5
    Wow what can i say.... i hated this movie. i might as well go to a trailer park and just scream wal mart sucks, youd get more of a response.
  5. NeemaS
    Nov 18, 2005
    2
    Where's the comparisons to other companies? Where's the focus on the consumers that save thousands of dollars each year? Where's the comparisons to other companies? Where's the focus on the consumers that save thousands of dollars each year? Where's the employees who couldn't get jobs elsewhere? This is a classic mockumentary: political advertisement disguised as real film. Expand