Box art for Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

  • Rated PG

independent, special interest


An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    96%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Important but disturbing docu about food biz. Teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this documentary is a hard-hitting expos on the food industry, especially the elite group of powerful corporations behind most of the food on supermarket counters. Most teens may not be interested, even though the documentary is rated PG and educational. There are a few disturbing scenes, mostly involving over-crowded chicken/pig/cow "factory farms" and slaughterhouses. It's worth noting that none of the featured companies agreed to be interviewed for the film, which does end up making the message seem somewhat one-sided.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what the movie is saying about the food industry. Is it unfair for the filmmaker to portray the companies as the villains, the farmers as the victims, and independent farmers and consumer advocates as the heroes?
  • How does the silence of the companies depicted in the film affect the movie's credibility and impact?
  • Kids: Does this make you think twice about asking for a Happy Meal? What about junk food in general?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    96%
    reviews counted: 30
    see all Food, Inc. reviews
  • Audience

    86%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A mind-boggling, heart-rending, stomach-churning expose on the food industry.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh: An activist-made film of considerable interest, Food, Inc is also a piece of investigative journalism that tells us a thousand things that are pertinent to eating everyday food. Did you know that chickens are farmed to fatten in 45 days and grow bigger

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: This absorbing film looks terrific and does a superb job of making its case that our current food ways are drastically out of whack.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 19, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Holy Hell, this movie was disturbing and scary. It walks you through how messed up our whole food industry is. Kinda makes you feel helpless. I don't know how we can change anything with out spending what little money we have on local and organic food. I guess until everyone is local or organic the prices for these things aren't going to get competitive. Change doesn't come cheap, but it has to come.

- theylovealexis, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

5 stars

Fat chickens. Fat chickens. Moo Poo. Enough to get you all paranoid with what you eat.

- Gx7, Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 stars

Interesting doc which covers familiar but worthwhile ground effectively.

- gor41, Saturday, September 11, 2010