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Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories -- the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The somewhat plausible and proximate horrors in the story of Soylent Green carry the production over its awkward spots to the status of a good futuristic exploitation film."
‑ , Variety
"Their 21st-century New York occasionally is frightening but it is rarely convincingly real."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"...a movie based on an ending. And if you can't figure out that ending ten minutes into the movie, you aren't paying attention."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Modestly entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A doozy."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"Uneven and slightly muddled futuristic horror story -- not really science fiction, more like an antipollution PSA gone berserk."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Not well thought-out and a genuine disappointment for all its visibility in the popular conversation"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film was a typical seventies sci-fi effort, scientifically illiterate and unimaginatively composed."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"This futuristic thriller just seems to keep getting better with age. An entertaining sci-fi flick done before special effects took over the genre."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"still contains enough pleasures even with the 'secret' so well known"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Good, solid stuff, assembled efficiently enough to be pretty persuasive."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Where so many science fiction visions of the era have dated, this gritty creation of a depressed (and depressing) future... looks all the more real."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A sluggishly directed look at life and death in the 21st century."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The future never looked as retro..."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Thanks to Phil Hartman's riotous Saturday Night Live impersonation of Charlton Heston's hysterical detective from Soylent Green, people who've never seen Richard Fleischer's film know its surprise ending."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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