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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film bolsters its case with plenty of facts, charts and expert testimony - evidence typical of this sort of advocacy documentary. But what makes the movie compelling is its focus on a handful of victims, who make the statistics painfully real. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    In addition to the dismaying facts and figures is a fuller sense of what hunger can look like, and feel like, among the millions of Americans classified as "food-insecure" — those who may not know, for themselves or their children, where the next meal will come from. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    As important and eye-opening a documentary as you’ll see this year, A Place at the Table makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    A good documentary that is good for you. The bad news is that broccoli and bananas are neither available nor affordable for many Americans. That's the message of Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's A Place at the Table, a necessary report on the national issue of hunger. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Says the actor Jeff Bridges, a long-time and articulate soldier in the campaign against hunger: “It’s a problem that our government is ashamed of acknowledging. We’re in denial.” show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    More difficult to convey are the web of moral and political issues that surround the hunger crisis, and A Place at the Table proves its worth most by how it treats this wider set of problems. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    It’s a beautifully shot and reasonably balanced film, but one that struggles to find a hopeful note to end on. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    As morally engaged as the movie is, it’s also argumentatively slack. Precisely because it’s so easy to agree that hunger is bad, it’s hard to agree what to do. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    As an info dump, Table is admirably efficient, addressing everything from obesity to the limits of charity. As a film, it’s less compelling, with only one subject — Philadelphia single mom Barbie Izquierdo — getting enough screen time to put a human face on the crisis. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Few are willing to publicly confess their hunger or undernourishment or place it on display. And the problem is kept hidden as long as charitable food banks and soup kitchens continue to disguise the depth of the hunger. A Place at the Table confronts the issue head-on and offers some solutions. show more

  • March 02, 2013 laurasweet2006
    Report This User

    Do you like great characters and great story-telling, along with beautiful cinematography and a gorgeous soundtrack? Then go see \"A Place at the Table.\" This is a riveting and important documentary that shows that we all pay a huge social cost by having so many underfed and undernourished citizens.

  • March 01, 2013 uup116
    Report This User

    Where is the documentary on MANDATORY BIRTH CONTROL or VOLUNTARY STERILIZATION? This would fix 90% of the countries issues.

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