Enthusiastic but scattered documentary advocates a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse chronic disease. Sure to inspire lots of post-movie chatter.
There's nothing that a person could learn from watching this that they couldn't learn from a magazine article.
It lacks the authority, simple displays of hard numbers, contrary voices and the like, that we need from a documentary this provocative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
...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.
| Original Score: C
"Forks Over Knives" works really hard to bring you around to its way of thinking, but it's really preaching to the faithful.
| Original Score: 2/4
...irritation at the film's artless repetition shades into worry over its cult-like monomania.
| Original Score: 2/5
Essentially a tepid digest of the most persuasive nutritional arguments against the ingestion of flesh and dairy.
As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary.
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.
Sound advice, perhaps, but it's presented in deadly dull fashion -- talking heads and academic charts -- reminiscent of an infomercial.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
[A] tightly constructed, thoroughly convincing, and dull-as-dirt documentary.
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.
A vegetarian infomercial in the guise of a feature documentary.
| Original Score: C+
Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.
| Original Score: 4/5
The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true. A plant-based whole foods diet is healthy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Makes effective use of case studies and graphs to build a convincing, if inevitably simplified, argument for better living through fresh produce.
| Original Score: 3/5
A must-see movie that could have used a sharper edge.
Although Fulkerson might have balanced his polemics with some other opinions, Forks over Knives still serves up plenty of food for thought.