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Forks Over Knives (2011)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
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Documentary filmmaker Lee Fulkerson explores the possibility that so-called "diseases of affluence," such as heart disease, can be reversed by simply adjusting our diets to include less processed and animal-based foods. Back in the 1960s, Cornell University nutritional scientist Dr. T. Colin Campbell was working to find a way to feed the citizens of impoverished Third World nations when a trip to the Philippines forever changed the way he thought about food consumption. There, he discovered that


Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest

Lee Fulkerson

Aug 30, 2011


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Forks Over Knives is a middling documentary but a magnificent indictment.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Forks over Knives is tasty but somewhat undercooked.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Movies are like food. There are popcorn pictures that entertain you and the spinach movies that are good for you. In more ways than one, Forks Over Knives is a spinach flick.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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A persuasive documentary on the health benefits of a whole-foods and plant-based diet.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The radical notion at the heart of the acclaimed doc "Forks Over Knives" is that eating animals and animal-produced foods has costs -- on our economy, our health-care system and on ourselves.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (2)
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Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...irritation at the film's artless repetition shades into worry over its cult-like monomania.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

I'm guessing that after every screening of "Forks Over Knives," the theater is littered with half-empty popcorn boxes and unfinished containers of soda.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Enthusiastic but scattered documentary advocates a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse chronic disease. Sure to inspire lots of post-movie chatter.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

"Forks Over Knives" works really hard to bring you around to its way of thinking, but it's really preaching to the faithful.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There's nothing that a person could learn from watching this that they couldn't learn from a magazine article.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies | Comments (2)

A vegetarian infomercial in the guise of a feature documentary.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comments (5)
One Guy's Opinion

...a compelling argument housed in a deathly dull package; the kind of flavorless cooking that makes some folks run screaming in terror from a plate of steamed broccoli.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Could a movie save your life? Forks Over Knives is a documentary willing to try as it examines diet and degenerative disease.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

"Forks Over Knives" feels like an important, balancing piece of nutrition information.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Call me a contrarian, but I came out of Forks Over Knives -- a documentary advocating the benefits of vegetarianism -- ready to eat a pony out of spite.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Comments (8)
NOW Toronto

Much of this information, about meat being bad, plants being good, has been covered before, but Fulkerson brings a precision and a clarity to his presentation that hits hard as it explodes myths while also introducing startling facts, comforting and not

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

[A] tightly constructed, thoroughly convincing, and dull-as-dirt documentary.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Forks Over Knives

Forks over Knives puts a great case together for why Veganism is a positive health choice. I work in trials so I know a little about this and while I understand people might be a little skeptical regarding their statistics, trust me, in-depth analysis into such things does not make for interesting viewing. I trust what they say is true, it all makes sense. The tagline is true, this film could save your life!
June 6, 2013

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Is the problem meat and dairy or is it processed foods and refined sugars? This movie says both and they need to be completely removed from our diet (its experts also say nuts and oils as well), but its focus is on meat and dairy. The main evidence for their case is a book written by one of the film's experts, called "The China Study." Disappointingly, it doesn't explore the supposed science or results of the study. Why not support this extreme position with peer-reviewed science articles -- or do they all contradict the film-maker's views? Also, to not seriously look at the effects of processed foods with at least equal depth is incomplete and dishonest. Anecdotally, the movie makes a good, albeit obvious case for the benefits in eating whole foods, but the honest man would have also followed someone who included meat and dairy in their whole food diet. I agree with the less-extreme, modern consensus: Eat unprocessed food and make meat and dairy a side rather than a main dish.
December 4, 2011
Matthew Slaven

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This documentary can be a life-saver for so many of us. Let's face it most of follow a slow-but-sure suicide regimen of processed foods with lots of meat and dairy thrown in (oh don't forget the sugar!) Though dry at times with lots of statistics, Forks Over Knives is a must see. It truly is a revelation. One stat that reverberates...US health care costs could be reduced up to 80% if we changes to a whole food/plant base diet...did you hear that Congress! (5-16-11)
December 7, 2011
John C

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