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King Corn

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Aaron Woolf

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About the Movie

"As relevant as SUPER SIZE ME and as important as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH." - The Austin Chronicle KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom – corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naivete, two college buddies return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America’s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Aaron Woolf's we-are-what-we-eat documentary King Corn is a lively introduction to the corn industrial complex. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Deftly balances humor and insight. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain. – Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A deceptively intelligent new entry in the regular-Joe documentary genre. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Fat boys and girls

This movie will make you rethink our corn-fed world. Entertaining.

King Corn

I saw excerpts on C-Span and was impressed with the Director Aaron Woolf and his beliefs about respect and documentaries. Its a great story about growing an acre of corn in Iowa and its uses in our food and meat supply. Enlightening! Informative! If you care about your health and would like to know more how quality and quantity are affected by decision makers... put this on your list of documentaries to see.

Great piece of the puzzle...

I've been really into learning more about what we eat as Americans ever since hearing a lecture on Minnesota Public Radio. As a student of economics and a gym junkie I have been really intrigued. I started by reading Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dillema" and then "In defense of Food". I joined an organic, local, CSA. Wanting to learn more I've also read "The end of Food" and "Fast Food Nation". I've also ventured out into documentaries starting with "Supersize Me". I find that King Corn is an insightful, reflective documentary that perfectly compliments what I have read so far. I would not necessisarily recommend it as your first voray into this topic, but it's a nice way to cap off many reads. It brings to your eyes what you've been learning about. Knowing the background already, seeing the reality in this documentary really brought home the things I had only been imagining in my head.

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