Viewer reviewsThe movie is OK
The movie is Ok, however the story behind the franchise represents everything that is wrong in the world, particularly the United States. Covet after covet after covet. I knew that the handshake was a scam. If the handshake was good enough for part of the deal why not the rest. The two brothers should have stood firm with the contract as they did initially with their core beliefs of what they wanted McDonalds to be. You get everything in writing! — enasNsane
Wow didn't know the truth. Loved, loved, loved the movie!! Rented it for 99 cents and what a steal for a GREAT movie!!! Highly recommend it! — Jay-Cee88
Wonderful — Minyhero
Hard to side with either side on this story but Keaton as usual delivers an electrifying performance and makes what rightfully should be the villain in the story as the real visionary. I don't eat McDonald's but the story like the store is all American. — Asantekamill
I was not sure what to expect at first. Boy, am I glad I rented The Founder. Amazing movie! Highly recommended! — Jack2son
Amazing Movie Full of Life Lessons
Amazing movie that shows you that sharing is good, but don't share too much and becareful who you share with. — Music Fan 4 Ever
This movie did a great job of telling the story of McDonalds...I am not sure how accurate things are...not that they are unbelievable, but I honestly had no clue or interest in the history of this fast food chain until I watched this movie. — travoose1
Very good film. Indicitive of the good old American values of greed, more greed and deception in the world of business and finance; where the honest guy, with integrity, gets the shaft. Micheal Keaton gives a fantastic performance, what a pro! He never disappoints. All of the cast shine. Good writing. A great film. — moviejunkie456
Why I waited for the 99 cent rental.
I waited for the 99 cent rental because I thought this movie was a documentary like "Super Size Me". If they advertised it correctly I would have gone and paid full price at the theater. Get a clue movie studios. — askmestuff
Sad, Just pretty sad.
My mom told me that I just had to watch this movie just once and she also told me that I should never see this movie again. Not a bad movie, but sad. — Jolovesgum
Great movie 🎥 — Monkey m30
Not as compelling as I was hoping for
An interesting treatise on the painful and cutthroat world of business. Had some interesting elements but overall not as intoxicating as I wished. Glad I watched it, glad I didn't pay to see it in the theater, won't ever watch it again. That's not to say that it was bad it was just… There. Sort of dull. — MichelleGoBlue
This movie does the true story of McDonalds justice. Acting was solid, but the amazing story is what will keep you entertained. — Thelowpriceguy
really good acting. Corp America is certainly cutthroat. — flitterfixx
This will leave you thinking for days.
Loved this movie for so many reasons. Michael Keaton does an outstanding job. Amazing story. Loved watching the evolution of an American empire grow. Loved the views from both sides of business. Well done! — CRLRsMOM
Great History - Great Story
Enjoyed it - — Chriskel88
That was sad.
That was a sad story. Although I love Kevin Spacey's performance as Micheal Keaton playing Kroc playing a McDonald, I'm touch most of all by the original McDonalds' sad fate. Good movie though! — jpegCritic
Rented the movie and then it won't play. Uuuuuuuugggghhhhhhhh! — Two76
The best movie!
Enjoyed from beginning to end! — beverlyhillstanguy
Macburgers have gotten worse - this makes the less palatable
Sobering. Sad. This is how it works. I'm glad I spent the majority of my life not realizing it. — PayWhoYaOwe
Ray Croc is a Crook!
This was a very enlightening movie that is my best motivation to never eat McDonald's again. If Ray Croc didn't like how the McD brothers did business, then he should have went away and built his own business. Stealing their ideas and his greed are disgusting. — LovelandRealtor
I was initially hesitant about watching this movie, but I am so glad I did. The acting, especially by Keaton, is perfect. The storyline is so amazing and so historic- even though some may say Ray Kroc looks to be an opportunist who took advantage of the two brothers, that is wrong when you consider just how much of an impact he had - not just with McDonalds but in the fast food industry itself. I love the quote which Michael Keaton repeats in the end so directly to the camera (the same quote which he had earlier been listening to on the radio in a motel in the midst of great struggle) after attaining great success- about persistence and how it can help one during hard times. I especially related to that part and feel this is just a phenomenal movie. You must see it!! — Real26
Had no idea... excellent story telling! All actors were great! The director made the movie. Don't miss this one. — Stevepfi55
It is an excellently performed and made cinematic film, the story performed in the movie is a story that needs to be performed very well to live up to its potential, which it does. I cannot think of anything negative about this movie. It gives off excellent vibes and makes me really appreciate McDonald's. — Add dr.dre albums
One of the best...
...that I've seen in a while! Too bad my favorite director (Ron Howard) didn't produce this!!! I really loved Apollo 13 and The Beatles Eight Days A Week...and this movie fits right up there for entertainmnet value. There were others like the movie Steve Job, and I still think Ron Howard needs to make a movie entitled THE BEATLES, which covers the years 1958-1970. The beginning of their friendship up until their first solo albums!!! This was an enjoyable movie to watch. I also enjoyed That Thing You Do with Ron Howard Alum Tom Hanks!!! — stwebb
Theatrically underrated future classic
Much like The Social Network, this is an extremely important, fascinating, and entertaining film about entrepreneurship. Michael Keaton, dawg. — KyleReesespieces
now i know why i haven't eaten at one in 15 years — zosoroy
Good flick, what a backstory
Good film; I never knew about the backstory of McD’s. I love Michael Keaton and everyone involved in this film so I’d definitely recommend it. I don’t want to spoil anything so don’t read on if you want to come into this movie/true story afresh— It made me never want to eat at a McDonald’s again, after seeing what happened to the brothers. One of the commenters said that the brothers were striving for what In-N-Out does now, and that’s so true. They were committed to fresh food and family, and Ray Kroc really made McDonald’s into something that just comes off as fake. As a kid who was born in the US but lived abroad, McDonald’s did feel like ‘home’ to me when we would get to eat there and I’m thankful for that. I hate hearing stories like this though, where people with new and innovative ideas got screwed. It makes me feel like I trusted in something that was false and dirty. Rant aside, this was a really interesting and well done film. — ksmith855332
Michael Keaton is on a Roll
Michael Keaton is picking the right parts these days. It was like he went away and came back with a great eye for scripts. This picture is a gem. I am not a McDonald's fan by any means and those of us in California know that InNOut is what McDonald's wanted to become--when the brothers were running the show. That Ray Kroc pimped out McDonald's is the real story but you have to have grudging respect for a guy that won this big. Good acting, great story. — gosborne3
Totally Golden Arches ⭐️
Saw this with a friend and loved it. MK plays a good bad guy good guy and very believable. I think most of us yuppies lol thought we knew the story behind McDonalds. If this is factual- I'm amazed & delighted as it made for a great flick. Kudos a job well ✅🍔🍔🍔🍔🍟 — Gamer holdem
Its nice to see Michael Keaton working again. He is wonderfully nuanced in this movie. He portrays Ray as a strong but flawed character. — Quarterhorse2158
There's a lot to like here. The story is engrossing, well written, and well conceived. Michael Keaton is very talented, I say underated, and he's what makes the story pop. I'm not sure if I agree with the message of this film. Wherever people are involved, entrepreneurship is no exception, the human condition will always exist. The better angels of our nature will sometimes be sidelined by greed and corruption. But that very same entrpenureal spirit is the keystone and foundation of what makes, forgive the expression, America great. A movie about people who feel ethicaly and morally bound to be honest businessmen or women wouldn't make for nearly as interesting a movie as this...so as a business owner myself I only ask for a little perpective :) — 1138_prefixTHX
This is America
This is what America looks like. No where else you see stories like these. — tdhaayushverma
Beware a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Michael Keaton's beat movie yet. Normally I hate biobics, but this one takes the cake. If you want to know what it really takes to succeed in this dog-eat-dog world, you'll watch this movie. Spoiler alert: It's not hard work, and it's not intelligence. — Walmartpimp
'The Founder' is an instant classic.
I was familiar with the story about the large Multi-Mixer order Ray Kroc received from a California restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. I knew the basics, 'The Founder' fills in all the blanks and lays out the whole story. Michael Keaton is at his best. — madkins77
I really enjoyed watching this one and Michael Keaton once again is classic. Rent. Own. Either is a good choice. Deep fried Big Short. :) — Bucko De Jucko
Fascinating movie with superb acting by Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald, and John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald. — FullHouseOfCards
Good Business Movie
This is a (business) movie I can appreciate. It tells an unromanticized historical story of a well known company and its key players who made it what it is today. — Pinkpearlz16
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
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!!! 👍🍔🍟👍 — Faux Anonymity
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