Forks Over Knives is a middling documentary but a magnificent indictment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Forks over Knives is tasty but somewhat undercooked.
| Original Score: B-
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.
A persuasive documentary on the health benefits of a whole-foods and plant-based diet.
As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A must-see movie that could have used a sharper edge.
Fulkerson methodically makes the case that we've been brainwashed by repetition and clever advertising campaigns.
It isn't possible to examine the scientific arguments in a movie review, but as advocacy documentaries go, this is a pretty good one.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true. A plant-based whole foods diet is healthy.
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.
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
One of the more convincing, radical and politically volatile docus to come out of the burgeoning good-food genre.
Makes a pedantic yet persuasive case for banishing meat and dairy from the dinner table.
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
Explains in unflinching detail how we damage ourselves through our eating habits yet insists that it is within our grasp to change course.
| Original Score: 4/5
Even if you're a junk-food junkie, this exploration of the health benefits of a ''plant-based diet'' is so scrupulously researched and argued that only a fool would ignore its findings.
| Original Score: B+
Makes effective use of case studies and graphs to build a convincing, if inevitably simplified, argument for better living through fresh produce.
Beyond the film's awkward reliance on stock footage and explanations of basic biology is an interesting overview of the work of two men, scientist Colin Campbell and surgeon Caldwell Esselstyn.