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The Beautiful Truth (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson's claims of a diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for home-schooling in this documentary from filmmaker Steve Kroschel (Avalanche, Dying to Have Known). Garrett is a boy who has always been close to nature. He lives on a reserve with a menagerie of orphaned animals, and over the years he's become especially sensitive to the nutritional needs of the diet-sensitive

Unrated,

Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Steve Kroschel

Mar 15, 2011

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It's Michael Moore without the truculence, PBS without the pretension, CNN without the commercial grandstanding.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Comes off mostly like a hybrid of retro-style educational film and late-night infomercial.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[A] condescending, manipulative film.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The Beautiful Truth is a documentary about contemporary health hazards and alternative treatments.

November 14, 2008
New York Times
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There may be truth in what Kroschel says, but you won't find it in this pedantic film, which has all the veracity of a late-night TV infomercial.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The director's suggestion that big pharmaceutical companies have no interest in actually curing cancer is credible, but the film itself unfortunately makes Kroschel's beliefs come off like just so much hippie propaganda.

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Caveat emptor really applies here, because your health is at stake. Do your research, do your homework, and use common sense.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A powerful documentary that offers both a chilling expose of the toxins in our food that are causing so much disease and an affirmation of a plant-oriented therapy that has cured cancer in many individuals.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An unusual and sobering documentary which turns conventional wisdom about health matters on its head.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Boring like a one-note school lecture but nevertheless is credible as it makes its case about the need for alternative medicines.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The picture carries an element of nostalgia and yet thunders down too hard with a lot of one-sided perspectives.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The end result not only constitutes an uncomfortable--dare I say, inorganic--collusion of fact and fiction but also suggests we're being indoctrinated into a cult.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Quack or saint? Dr. Gerson, whose work in allegedly curing cancer by alternative means, is highlighted in a light, even convincing way.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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