Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
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Wal-Mart has become one of America's most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer's empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them. Through interviews with labor experts and former Wal-Mart employees, Greenwald documents the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Advocacy journalism at its most unsparing, and it demands to be seen, discussed, argued with, and acted upon."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Wal-Mart says director Robert Greenwald's film is misleading and inaccurate, but it's hard to dispute the personal accounts from former Wal-Mart employees who speak from experience."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Embora irregular (as seqüências que se focam na China beiram o ridículo, com a dublagem e os apelidos dos entrevistados), o filme de Greenwald estabelece argumentos fortes que levam o espectador a desejar boicotar a empresa-título."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's a bill of indictment, really, more than an objective survey. Greenwald often makes his arguments with a kind of prosecutorial zeal that makes you chary of swallowing it whole."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The information in the film is largely anecdotal and not analytical. This is what gives the film its power."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Whatever Greenwald lacks in style he makes up for with a deluge of facts and figures and a populist feel that make his movies, this one included, accessible even to the most politically naive."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"If Greenwald's intention was to make the audience very angry indeed then the film is a resounding success ... it'll definitely make you want to boycott Asda."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A searing expose of the greed and systemic poor treatment of its workers by the largest corporation in the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Effective muckraking documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn't have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Greenwald has shrewdly chosen not to go with classic talking head types like economists, academics and journalists. Instead he talked to current and former Wal-Mart employees, including several with a dozen or more years with the company."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Once again David slays Goliath in a documentary that has no pretense of being objective"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"If you think you already know all about how evil and rapacious America's largest retailer is, wait 'til you see this latest exercise in muckraking from Robert Greenwald..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"...will win few points for art...but its subject matter provides such a wealth of material that subtlety is hardly required, nor even desired."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
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