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
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% 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.

David Sims
The Atlantic

The Founder ends up feeling extremely wishy-washy, unable to scrub the nastiness of Kroc's success but also incapable of confronting it.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Keaton is fascinating as Kroc, a bad guy who embodies the American Dream - a man who isn't necessarily the best or most talented but who's willing to step on anyone to get ahead.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

Kroc, as delivered by Keaton and Hancock, is a blueprint for the type of a super-sized person that by 2016 could easily be elected President of the United States.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

One of the must-see entertainments of the year.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The Founder remains fascinating largely because Keaton is so good at guile and bile. Not once does he wink at the audience or overplay the obvious.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

The Founder is about the cultivation of an idea, grown in solid soil and nurtured through the persistent belief in the end justifying the means.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Its omissions and elisions are the result not of natural narrative contours but of open choices, gaping holes, psychological wounds that a filmmaker displays all the more via the elaborate efforts at concealment ...

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

John Lee Hancock serves up a biopic of McDonald's king Ray Kroc that is not unlike the restaurant's product: precisely prepared, brightly packaged, and uncomplicated in its appeal. Or at least, that's how it goes down much of the time.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

It's a sly and sometimes melancholy look at what makes America, um, America. The Founder is a tough-minded cautionary tale, but it's also a stupendous character study.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good movie, but about a hideous man. I didn't know the story of Macdonald's prior to watching this and I really felt sorry for the brothers who owned… More
Nate Zoebl
The Founder aims to be The Social Network of hamburgers and milkshakes, a warts-and-all biopic of a huckster who glommed onto other's success and… More
Mark Hobin
The Founder is a very thorough depiction of business. As the chronicle evolves, we get a tale that metamorphosizes from a drama about entrepreneurial spirit… More
KJ Proulx
Biopics have a way of dividing audiences. If it's an interesting story to someone, they are likely to buy into the premise and love the film. Those who… More
Kevin M. Williams
Pretty good biopic that begins with an American desperate to "make it big"and ends with images of the burned bodies of those who trusted him behind… More
Glenn Gaylord
I'M LOVING IT! (MOSTLY) - My Review of THE FOUNDER (3 1/2 Stars) John Lee Hancock is the McDonald's of filmmakers...solid, workmanlike, and reeking… More