The Beautiful Truth Reviews

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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
Kroschel positions The Beautiful Truth as a sort of instructional video for young people on the merits of eating healthy, but its creepy messianic vibe is far more toxic than all the pollutants in all the processed food you could ever consume.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
November 26, 2008
[A] condescending, manipulative film.
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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 12, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 17, 2011
Caveat emptor really applies here, because your health is at stake. Do your research, do your homework, and use common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
November 14, 2008
The Beautiful Truth is a documentary about contemporary health hazards and alternative treatments.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 26, 2008
Comes off mostly like a hybrid of retro-style educational film and late-night infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
November 13, 2008
The picture carries an element of nostalgia and yet thunders down too hard with a lot of one-sided perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 18, 2008
Boring like a one-note school lecture but nevertheless is credible as it makes its case about the need for alternative medicines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
November 12, 2008
While docu's claims and criticism yield nothing especially new, the form of their exposition seems singularly ingenious, stylistically falling somewhere between a 1950s educational film and some sort of Norman Rockwellian infomercial.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
November 18, 2008
An unusual and sobering documentary which turns conventional wisdom about health matters on its head.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 31, 2008
Quack or saint? Dr. Gerson, whose work in allegedly curing cancer by alternative means, is highlighted in a light, even convincing way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
January 9, 2009
It's Michael Moore without the truculence, PBS without the pretension, CNN without the commercial grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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