America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This doc doesn't expose any new territory about our unattainable standards of beauty, but does manage to entertain with an effective and accessible tone by filmmaker/subject Darryl Roberts.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Perhaps in future exposes Roberts will uncover that ice is cold and furnaces hot.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Melissa Camacho
Common Sense Media

Probing docu about society's obsession with looks.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader

Unexpectedly witty and affecting.

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Jennifer Merin

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.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

America the Beautiful provides plenty of food for thought, and Roberts' passion for the subject shines through.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The film's examination of our beauty-obsessed culture--however familiar--remains unfortunately necessary.

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