Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Rated NR 95 minutes 2005

Documentary director Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) joins the swelling tide of activism dedicated to exposing the corporate malfeasance of America's largest employer. And this is an affecting piece of work. Greenwald goes to impressive lengths, interviewing past and present employees in the U.S., Europe, and China; speaking with retailers whose businesses were destroyed by Wal-Mart; capturing news footage covering the myriad lawsuits against Wal-Mart; and supplying statistics on everything from how much Wal-Mart costs U.S. taxpayers ($1,557,000,000 annually) to how much it spends importing goods from China ($18 billion in 2004). The film is as infuriating as intended, but it could also use a few edits. Greenwald tends to oversell his material, through both camerawork and music. The content is so damning, and the pain of those who've suffered as a result of Wal-Mart's practices so evident, that we needn't be coaxed further into feeling. See http://WalMartMovie.com for screenings.

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Official Site: www.walmartmovie.com

Director: Robert Greenwald

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