A Place at the Table looks at the economic and cultural impact of hunger in America and at possible solutions to a problem plaguing 50 million people in the U.S, one in four of which are children.









Film information

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Release date: Mar 1, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language
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Runtime: 84 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 90
    Los Angeles Times - by Gary Goldstein
    The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor. more

  • 88
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    The problem, as “Table” shows, isn’t that the next meal never comes. It’s that when it arrives, too often it is filled with empty calories. more

  • 83 - by Stephanie Zacharek
    A Place at the Table is a fairly no-frills effort, but the ideas behind it are sound. more

  • 83
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    One thing is clear from A Place at the Table: You cannot answer the question “Why are people hungry?,” without also asking “Why are people poor?” more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Bill Stamets
    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. more

  • 75
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    It’s a beautifully shot and reasonably balanced film, but one that struggles to find a hopeful note to end on. more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Tomas Hachard
    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. more

  • 70
    Time - by Mary Pols
    The movie is called A Place at the Table and it specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children — in short, the American dream. See it and weep. more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    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. more

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Chris Packham
    A Place at the Table attempts to document its subject with the progressive angle and emotional effect of such docs as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Waiting for Superman." more

  • 70
    Variety - by John Anderson
    A useful, engaging and enraging movie that will enlist supporters for its cause. ...

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    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. more

  • 50
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    It makes a persuasive argument — which it makes easier by not allowing any counterargument — but it’s unpersuasive as a piece of filmmaking. In laying out its case, it’s manipulative and dull by turns. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Phipps
    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. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Amrita

    We have all got to be a part of a much bigger solution that is assuring every child in this country has access to the food and services they need to thrive.