Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes aim at the corporate giant that's come to symbolize big business in America -- Wal-Mart -- blasting the box-store Goliath for allegedly paying substandard wages, skimping on employee benefits and gutting communities.
Netflix Rating: 3.5
NYT Review
Robert Greenwald's documentary makes a devastating case against the largest retailer on the planet. This documentary gives Wal-Mart low marks for wages, overtime, employee benefits, anti-union activity, sexism, racism, parking lot safety and general sensitivity. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 93%
Critics' score: 93   Audience score: 64   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Advocacy journalism at its most unsparing, and it demands to be seen, discussed, argued with, and acted upon. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn't have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box.

David Denby, New Yorker

Wal-Mart says director Robert Greenwald's film is misleading and inaccurate, but it's hard to dispute the personal accounts from former Wal-Mart employees who speak from experience. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Whatever Greenwald lacks in style he makes up for with a deluge of facts and figures and a populist feel that make his movies, this one included, accessible even to the most politically naive. full review

John Anderson, Variety

Greenwald has shrewdly chosen not to go with classic talking head types like economists, academics and journalists. Instead he talked to current and former Wal-Mart employees, including several with a dozen or more years with the company. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Robert Greenwald's documentary makes a devastating case against the largest retailer on the planet.

Anita Gates, New York Times

Wal-Mart's home office in Bentonville, Ark., can rest easy: Greenwald, as usual, is hysterically preaching to the choir.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

It takes the gleam off those penny-saving bargains. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

With little fanfare, Robert Greenwald has become one of the most incisive activist filmmakers in America. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Viewers may not be surprised to learn of Wal-Mart's horrific track record, but they can't deny Greenwald's airtight advocacy. full review

James Crawford, Village Voice
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