America The Beautiful
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Looking at the cover of popular fashion magazines and examining the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve "perfection," it's easy to see why many people believe that America has developed an unhealthy obsession with beauty. In this documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts offers deeper insight into this observation by speaking with everyone from advertising and fashion professionals to average people on the street in an attempt to discover precisely why some people are willing to put their lives on the line in order to become physically attractive. Gerren Taylor… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perhaps in future exposes Roberts will uncover that ice is cold and furnaces hot."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"With so many pointless detours ripping you away, the film feels as lamely digressive as the proverbial one-track guy whose head won't stop turning as each new temptation walks by."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Probing docu about society's obsession with looks."
‑ Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
"[Director] Roberts has a point of view, yes, but he also has a curiosity that drives him and the movie. Lucky are those who go along for the ride."
‑ Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Roberts raises interesting questions, but most of the info is familiar and there's no systematic or comparative perspective to illuminate our culture's obssession with beauty vis-a-vis other wealthy media-saturated countries, which made Sicko a good docu"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite the occasional flash of insight, and a few semi-shocking factoids, most women are going to find this movie roughly as illuminating as a remedial math class might be for a Nobel-prize winning physicist."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Unexpectedly witty and affecting."
‑ Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader
"America's obsession with beauty is the subject of filmmaker Darryl Roberts wide-ranging investigative documentary that shows how beauty product manufacturers manipulate the public."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"trenchant but not mean-spirited and often hilarious. Roberts approaches the subject with an attitude that is genuinely inquisitive, often bemused, and sometimes shocked, but never judgmental, at least not in his interviewing style"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Unlike other documentarians who put themselves in front of the camera, Roberts is an affable screen presence."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"In the documentary America the Beautiful, Roberts explores the cult of beauty in the United States and mostly succeeds in unmasking the flaws of fetishizing skin-deep beauty."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"America the Beautiful provides plenty of food for thought, and Roberts' passion for the subject shines through."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The film's examination of our beauty-obsessed culture--however familiar--remains unfortunately necessary."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Intercutting the costs of American women's chase-after-beauty story (suggesting much waste and futility) with Gerren's personal one never quite blends into an organic whole."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Well intentioned but futilely diffuse."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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