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Forks Over Knives Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

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

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

May 31, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It lacks the authority, simple displays of hard numbers, contrary voices and the like, that we need from a documentary this provocative.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2011
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C

May 20, 2011
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2011
Chris Barsanti

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

August 19, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Essentially a tepid digest of the most persuasive nutritional arguments against the ingestion of flesh and dairy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2011
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Sound advice, perhaps, but it's presented in deadly dull fashion -- talking heads and academic charts -- reminiscent of an infomercial.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Instead of preaching, why don't the nutrition Nazis figure out a way to make plant-based foods taste better? You are never going to force an entire population to live on spinach.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A vegetarian infomercial in the guise of a feature documentary.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

May 26, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C

June 7, 2011
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2014
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true. A plant-based whole foods diet is healthy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
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Makes effective use of case studies and graphs to build a convincing, if inevitably simplified, argument for better living through fresh produce.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2011
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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A must-see movie that could have used a sharper edge.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

Although Fulkerson might have balanced his polemics with some other opinions, Forks over Knives still serves up plenty of food for thought.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 7, 2011
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