King Corn
King Corn (2007)

Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.

Los Angeles Times

King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Although the film is very much in the Morgan Spurlock-school of highly personalized documentary filmmaking, King Corn contains a considerable amount of information about how the American farming tradition has changed in the last 50 years.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.

Dennis Harvey

Deftly balances humor and insight.

Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

This smart, amiable documentary is about corn: how it's grown, subsidized, processed, and how it sneaks its way into virtually every food on grocery-store shelves.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

While there's no startling news here -- most people know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a staple in food processing and isn't particularly good for us -- this documentary neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We learn a few things from the two daffy guys about food, nutrition, agribusiness, and government support of the latter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An occasionally interesting look at the food industry concerning two guys from Boston journeying to Iowa to plant a crop of corn. What's most impressive… More
Ken Stachnik
It's a documentary on thrilling
Curtis Lilly
Any documentary that has stop and go animation with fischer price and corn kernals is a good one in my book. I guess you hear 'high fructose corn… More
Bill Cavros
I was expecting guerilla journalism, but this delivers a more from the heart and then the head project. I was born in Iowa and have more than a passing… More
James Alvarez
The subject is interesting but the execution is lacking.