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Founder, The (12A)

Biography, Drama, History

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

The critical consensus

The end result is an absorbing account of a cultural (and culinary) phenomenon that will leave audiences divided.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 13/02/2017

The Founder, the story of the founding of McDonald’s, is a cautionary tale in which the ultimate betrayal arrives in the unlikely form of powdered milkshake. It is a surprisingly nuanced and barbed look at the American Dream and its flip side.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 15/02/2017

Aesthetically nothing exceptional, but the performances are great and the story just incredible.

Elena Lazic, Little White Lies, 16/02/2017

It is a cautionary tale handled in a workmanlike fashion but Keaton is sharp and compelling as we watch the rebirth of a salesman.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 17/02/2017

If anything, this story of a businessman who manipulates other people to his own benefit may be a little too timely. While the film has substance with its slickness, it tastes a little over-produced.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 16/02/2017

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald’s into a global force, but this is flavourless stuff.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 19/02/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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