The Founder

The Founder

By John Lee Hancock

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-01-20
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini
  • Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations.
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 28,079 Ratings


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.



  • McGreat Movie!!!

    By Bucko De Jucko
    I really enjoyed watching this one and Michael Keaton once again is classic. Rent. Own. Either is a good choice. Deep fried Big Short. :)
  • Fascinating movie!

    By FullHouseOfCards
    Fascinating movie with superb acting by Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald, and John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald.
  • Good Business Movie

    By Pinkpearlz16
    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.
  • Good story

    By mikie
    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
  • You can't help but want to hate the main character!

    By ordizzle
    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.
  • Great Movie...Crappy Company

    By Hanna 225
    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.
  • Michael Keaton - Best Performance Yet!

    By themacguy1
    A great movie. Did not expect to end up loving this movie and watched it 4 times already.
  • Great story brought to the screen

    By Bv0312
    Michael Keaton is again brilliant at playing his role. The entire story is well executed and shows the persistence and brilliant business moves.
  • Fast food History

    By Trustworthy 55
    Have you noticed that half the reviewers are inspired, and half are horrified? LOL
  • Entrepreneurism 101

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