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The Corporation

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Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott

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Plot Summary

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. It is the dominant institution of our time. A complex, sobering, yet darkly amusing documentary, The Corporation takes its audience on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's ascent. Based on Bakan's best-selling book, "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power", the film has achieved international critical and box office success. Winner of 10 audience awards, including Sundance, and 26 awards in total from prestigious festivals around the world, it stands as the top-grossing Canadian feature documentary of all time. The Corporation includes encounters and interviews with CEOs and top-level executives from a range of industries: energy, pharmaceutical, computer, tire, carpet, sporting goods, public relations, branding, news, advertising, and undercover marketing, as well as the first management guru, the first corporate-sponsored university students, a Nobel-prize winning economist, a corporate spy, and a range of academics, critics, historians and thinkers. The Corporation reveals that legally, a corporation is granted the status of a "person", and asks: "If that's the case, what kind of person is it?" To assess the "personality" of the corporate "person," a checklist is employed, using diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization and the DSM IV, the standard diagnostic tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. It turns out the operational principles of the corporation give it a highly anti-social "personality": it is self-interested, inherently amoral, callous and deceitful; it breaches social and legal standards to get its way; it does not suffer from guilt, yet it can mimic the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism. A disturbing diagnosis is delivered: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism meets the diagnostic criteria of a psychopath. The Corporation depicts numerous, inspiring, corporate harm reduction strategies employed by individuals and organizations working to regulate, re-write and reform this formidable societal force.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 110
  • Fresh: 99
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: At its most effective, the movie is a chastening, sobering, and thorough work of film journalism, however shortsighted. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jul 20, 2004

Fresh: Very well informed about the legal origins of corporations and their current near omnipotence. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: If you care about the environment, workers' rights, your own health and your children's future, you need to see this film. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An impassioned polemic, filled with information sure to break up any dinner-table conversation. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Brilliant. Period. (And I am sure it will annoy a lot of people, specially in the US)

Yes, it is thought provoking and opinion-altering. Like in the "The Matrix"; watching this documentary is like taking the Red Pill. It is hard to the keep seeing the world and capitalist societies in the same way: one could become a depressed cynic after watching this film. It can be somewhat simplistic as mentioned by some but one cannot deny the real message of the film: to illustrate the greed and callousness of corporations and that of what many people are willing to do for money/employment. This is one of those films/topics that can make or break a conversation. (And yet, ironically we are here throwing money at Apple once again. But what can us, simple mortals do?)

The Corporation is not human

This is a must see film to help people better understand the pros and cons of the corporate entity...not the people behind it, but rather the infrastructure of one of the most powerful man-made forces on earth. Highly enlightening.

Excellent Documentary!!

Extraordinary film! A real eye-opener! Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot do a great job revealing the corporation's inner workings through footage from pop culture, advertising, and the news. Very enlightening!

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