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.









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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. ...

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

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    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.” more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Walter Addiego
    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. 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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
    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

  • 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 New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though the directors, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, smartly choose examples from among the working poor — reframing obesity as chronic malnourishment in areas where it’s easier to find a burger than a banana — they’re reluctant to get down in the political dirt. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. Liana Shimunova

    A shocking indictment of how people are starving in the land of plenty …