The Founder
The Founder (2017)

Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Founder puts Michael Keaton's magnetic performance at the center of a smart, satisfying biopic that traces the rise of one of America's most influential businessmen -- and the birth of one of its most far-reaching industries.

James Berardinelli

The Founder represents two hours well-spent, especially for anyone with a fascination for complex characters or an interest in the shenanigans that transformed an unpretentious local restaurant into a global force.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Without Michael Keaton's fascinating and slyly ferocious performance as Kroc at its heart, The Founder might still be a biting critique of Kroc in particular and rapacious corporate capitalism in general but it wouldn't be nearly as delicious.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Keaton clearly relishes the chance to play this larger-than-life character, but even he can't overcome Kroc's lack of likability.

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Jim Slotek
Toronto Sun

Belying its premise, The Founder is a terrific movie offering a surprising amount of fast food for thought.

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Andrew Lapin

Brightly colored and perversely entertaining ...

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The movie becomes just another in a line of age-old tales about a man gaining the world at the cost of his soul.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The Founder" can't decide whether its hero is a good guy who simply sees his main chance and grabs it, or the inherently ruthless -- yet not all that bright -- hustler he reveals himself to be.

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Rafer Guzman

Keaton is the special sauce in this smart, sharp movie about capitalism and its casualties.

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Michael Smith
Tulsa World

The Founder is a well-done look at how McDonald's was built and how the American dream can be served with a side of dark humor and reality.

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