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One hundred pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well -- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"[Cross] tells us of his self-redemption and his explanation of the principles is mostly entertaining, though eventually repetitious. The case histories he presents are effective and even sometimes moving."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"This Oprah-ready doc about the beneficial effects of good dieting manages to be educational and watchable without making you feel too bad about that Twix bar in your mouth."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
""Fat, Sick" may be no great shakes as a movie, but as an ad for Mr. Cross's wellness program its now-healthy heart is in the right place."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Virtually every documentary cliché from the past decade finds its way into this account of director Joe Cross's weight-loss odyssey, a retread-reversal of Super Size Me right down to the cheesy animation."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"The first half is a sycophantic and unfocused look at the health benefits of liquidated fruits and veggies, but Fat's latter half blossoms into something unexpected and heartrending, making it a passable recommendation."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead makes it safe to eat your vegetables again."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Blithely ignoring socioeconomic factors, Cross places responsibility for good nutrition squarely on human willpower."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"Continues the bizarre tradition of documenting how superhero-like white foreigners with commanding accents come to America to revolutionize the way we eat."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Joe Cross asks fellow fatties to lose the avoirdupois, interviewing people on the street and taking action in an amusing weigh."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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