Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)

Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.

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Nick Schager
Time Out New York

A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

[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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"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.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

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.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Blithely ignoring socioeconomic factors, Cross places responsibility for good nutrition squarely on human willpower.

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Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory

Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

Continues the bizarre tradition of documenting how superhero-like white foreigners with commanding accents come to America to revolutionize the way we eat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
No matter what I can at least say with certainty that this documentary has changed the way I view health and juice fasts. Getting that out of the way, I have a… More
Chris Browning
As a film documentary it's cliched and offers nothing new or creative, as an awareness method about the American diet and the way we treat our bodies it is… More
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23/02/2012 (ONLINE)
Nicki Marie
Inspired me to want to buy a juicer and start living off fruit and veg juice! That lasted a whole day until I thought about no coffee and no actual food! All… More

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