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Chicken People

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Nicole Lucas Haimes

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About the Movie

Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. CMT has partnered with Emmy Award-winning Motto Pictures, and Emmy nominated director Nicole Lucas Haimes for “Chicken People,” a documentary that takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. A real life “Best in Show” but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A fun and at times astonishing film. – Helen T. Verongos, New York Times, Sep 22, 2016

Fresh: An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 2, 2016

Fresh: The beguiling documentary Chicken People proves that truth is not only stranger than fiction, but often more poignant and illuminating as well. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Oct 6, 2016

Fresh: Chicken pride and genetic engineering are at the heart of this winsome, semi-serious non-mocking documentary about the exacting preparations a very diverse group of chicken-loving yokels undertake for the 2015 Ohio National Poultry Show. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Aug 11, 2017

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Customer Reviews


Chicken people is an incredible movie with hart, enthusiasm, and love. The story is great and is easily the best movie I have so far, seen this year

Funny fun flick!

To paraphrase Bonnie Raitt:

Lets Give Em Something To Cluck About.

Love this movie.

Hatching Gold

I just absolutely love this documentary. I think it's one of my Top 5 Favorites. While this could have easily become some caricature of show chickens, it has so much heart and love in it. The chickens have so much personality, and the people are even better. Could not recommend this enough!

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