Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
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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 addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn't make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would… More
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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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