American Cannibal: The Road to Reality
American Cannibal: The Road to Reality (2006)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 16, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Cannibal is a scathing, funny exploration of America's obsession with constructed realism and fame.

Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

The real savagery is in the satire, coldly measuring the lengths to which contestants might go and the depths to which the protagonists sink.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

To the film's credit, it's finally a whistle-blower on unsafe shooting practices, not unsafe dining habits.

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Kam Williams

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Until everything collapses, and the filmmakers are left grasping at straws, it's absorbing in a sick way.

Christopher Null

essential viewing for any latter-day TV watcher.

Noel Murray
AV Club

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,

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

How far would you go to eat a finger?

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