The Founder

Drama β€’ PG-13 β€’ Directed by: John Lee Hancock β€’ 115 minutes

Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

Viewer reviews

Good story
★★★★
I would say the story behind McDonalds is very interesting but if I seen Ray K today I would tell him McDonalds food is disgusting...sacrificed quality for profit which is why less and less people are not eating their anymore — mikie

You can't help but want to hate the main character!
★★★★★
This movie was better than I expected, and although I'm sure there were some artistic liberties taken in the script and plot, I feel like I learned something about how McDonald's came to be. Michael Keaton played the role of the main character, Ray Kroc, very well. The acting and story kinda make you want to hate Kroc for the ways he screwed over the McDonald brothers (one of which was played by Nick Offerman, who I once again didn't recognize until after reading up on the movie he was in until after watching it). But the acting and story also makes you realize the foresight, genius, and luck that Ray Kroc had in bringing McDonald's to every city in America. Meanwhile, the creativity, genius, and stubborness of the McDonald brothers highlights why there are such fine lines between success, mediocrity, and failure in business. If you've ever worked at a McDonald's or eaten a McDonald's burger, you'll enjoy this movie. If you like a great American success story, you'll enjoy it as well, even if you might come away hating the main character after the movie more than you did before watching it. Highly recommended, and very enjoyable movie. — ordizzle

Great Movie...Crappy Company
★★★★★
There's nothing more upbeat than the story of a 52 year old going from hardworking milkshake machine salesman to corporate mogul, right? Not exactly the case. While the movie is well done and the cast is exceptional, the story is sad. Ray Kroc was hardworking, motivated and a jerk. I never knew the whole story of what he did to the original founders of McDonalds. While Kroc did champion great careers for a few loyal employees, his unscrupulous business practices are still the cornerstone of strategy and poor culture at McDonalds. — Hanna 225

Michael Keaton - Best Performance Yet!
★★★★★
A great movie. Did not expect to end up loving this movie and watched it 4 times already. — themacguy1

Great story brought to the screen
★★★★★
Michael Keaton is again brilliant at playing his role. The entire story is well executed and shows the persistence and brilliant business moves. — Bv0312

Fast food History
★★★★★
Have you noticed that half the reviewers are inspired, and half are horrified? LOL — Trustworthy 55

Entrepreneurism 101
★★★★★
If you desire to make a dollar... watch it. This will become an under the radar classic. — MWC TF

Excellent & Entertaining Film
★★★★★
I really enjoyed this movie. Kudos to the entire cast, especially Michael Keaton, for bringing to life the story of McDonalds. The pacing is great. The movie never slows down. And it is an awesome "period piece" that begins in the 1950s. This movie has a special meaning to me since I lived in Southern California as a child & I remember eating burgers, fries & a Coke at the original McDonalds in San Bernardino with my family & relatives. This movie is great !! Persistence!!! πŸ‘πŸ”πŸŸπŸ‘ — Faux Anonymity

Motivational
★★★★★
Even though the tactics behind it all were very cruel to the original founders, this movie still motivates you to get up and start your own business, or steal one for that matter. This movie has amazing performances from everyone involved. Definitely worth the watch — skaterryan

Motivational Entrepreneur Story
★★★★★
I really liked the theme of the entire movie (persistence). Very refreshing for anyone who is ambitious with big goals. Highly recommend. — PRINTJOY

Told me why I feel bad in recent years: I am in a dog eat dog world
★★★★★
I like the movie a lot. Some 20 years ago, I was thinking to leave the world a little better than I found it. To be nice to people. And I feel sad why it turned out really saddening: people prey on people, corporation prey on corporation (or people), people back stab people, form clique, all these, just for 1 thing: money. And then I watched this movie, and I saw that in the past, it was described as a dog eat dog world. People were cold to each other, and that the "handshake money" to the founders were just ignored, eaten, not paid to them, much like a crocodile will eat any possible thing up. And then I felt better: it could be like that. It is just not me feeling so sad. Many people experienced it, and many people DOING IT. The movie made me realize that maybe the animal competitive or preying behavior is the most basic survival thing, just that as human beings, I do hope that we are at a level higher than that, but probably not at the current moment in the universe. — liketofindout

Who would have thought?
★★★★★
A movie about burgers... nah! Fippling through the list I ended back and dicided to give it a try. And what a movie! The cast is gorgeous and Michael Keaton delivers probably the best performance in his life. And the legacy of Ray Kroc is out there for everybody to see. Not nice! — TheGetor

WELL EXECUTED
★★★★★
This movie is a truth bomb. It's well played that I end up thinking whether to still eat at McDonald's as I hated Ray Croc so much. — Nani090489

You Won't Be Disappointed!!!!
★★★★★
This is a fantastic story on one of the biggest companies ever. It was great how this story let the viewer know about the 2 brothers, and how it all started. I can't wait to watch it again!!! — ChaweeBoy

Excellent Movie
★★★★★
Keaton is usually a pleasure to watch and he doesn't disappoint here. Great story, excellent acting, well worth the cost to buy as far as I was concerned. — SogArm

Outstanding
★★★★★
I wanted to see the true story of McDonald's and here it is! — AGT1201

THE TRUTH OF BUSINESS!
★★★★★
GREAT MOVIE! AS STUDENT OF A BUSINESS SCHOOL I ENJOYED IT AT FULL ! GREAT RECOMMENDATION! — Alexseguih

If you think you'd enjoy it, you will.
★★★★★
Great flick for fans of this type of dramatization. Michael Keaton was amazing. Fascinating story done well. — both311

One of the biggest surprises in movies
★★★★★
I wasn't expecting this movie to be as good as it was, I thought it would be an ok movie, but it's amazing. — Ayden McGee

BEST MOVIE EVER
★★★★★
BEST MOVIE SINCE STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON LOVED IT GONA WATCH IT EVERY TIME I EAT MC DONALDS — Night out Cx12

Why
★★★★
Why McDonald's it's about as lame as you can get — Leyla928

Have yet to see the movie
★★★★★
But looks good — HB video

Instant Business Movie Classic
★★★★★
As a business professor I really enjoyed how this movie portrays the emotional toll running a business puts on the different stakeholders. The acting is marvelous and the movie never feels too fake. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to use it as a discussion topic for future classes. — Scogre MacGreirson

Entrepreneur of the Century - Ray Kroc
★★★★★
Can't be completely appreciated without the Actor of the Century - Michael Keaton. Ray Kroc delivers McDonald's; Michael Keaton delivers Ray Kroc! I'm sure about that ... — John Frederick