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American Cannibal: The Road to Reality
Originally conceived as an instructional video on how to conduct pitch meetings, American Cannibal: The Road to Reality gradually evolved into something far darker. Documentary filmmakers Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro follow aspiring TV writers Gil S. Ripley and Dave Roberts as their failed Comedy Central pilot leads them to try their hand at reality TV. They start out pitching a show about N.Y.C. firefighter trainees at Randall's Island, but eventually decide that they have to push the envelope and come up with something that has more of an edge. They wind up at the office of Kevin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The real savagery is in the satire, coldly measuring the lengths to which contestants might go and the depths to which the protagonists sink."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"To the film's credit, it's finally a whistle-blower on unsafe shooting practices, not unsafe dining habits."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Not so much an examination of the tragic trajectory of an ill-fated reality-TV show but just the biggest hoax since The Blair Witch Project."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"If there's one thing to be learned from American Cannibal, it's this: Pursuing a career in the TV industry is only for those with a superhuman tolerance for sleazy opportunism."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A genuine cinematic hoot, while also providing insight into the ways of American mass entertainment."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Reality television is painful enough to watch at home, let alone on the big screen, but directors Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro somehow didn't get the message."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Until everything collapses, and the filmmakers are left grasping at straws, it's absorbing in a sick way."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"essential viewing for any latter-day TV watcher."
‑ Christopher Null,
""American Cannibal" is a fast-paced satire about the state reality television that builds its humor on its depiction of the limits our current reality TV craze."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This was much better when Mel Brooks did it back in the '60s."
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"American Cannibal is ostensibly about the phony, exploitative nature of reality TV, and though documentarians Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro hit that point too hard by piling up interviews with TV experts who speak in exaggerated cautionary tones,"
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"What's here is a glimpse not into how far people will go to win a reality-TV show, but how far greedy writers and producers will go to degrade, debauch and enrich themselves."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"How far would you go to eat a finger?"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"For all of its self-consciously sophisticated layering, American Cannibal manages a few authentically dark moments of its own."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
"Less a piece of incisive cultural commentary than a riveting portrait of two nice guys whose lives and careers go into a tailspin, one moral compromise at a time."
‑ Jim Hemphill,
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