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Super Size Me (2003)

tomatometer

93

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 158 | Rotten: 12

Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.

93

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 3

Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.

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72

liked it
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 269,918

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Movie Info

First-time director Morgan Spurlock takes a look at the subject of obesity in the United States, specifically zeroing in on the business and culture surrounding the nation's fast-food industry in this 2004 documentary. In addition to studying the marketing of fast food to American children and unsuccessfully attempting to gain an interview with McDonald's executives, Spurlock attempts to become one of his own subjects by documenting a one-month binge during which he survived only on items from

PG-13,

Documentary, Special Interest

Sep 28, 2004

$11.0M

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (12) | DVD (15)

As entertaining as Super Size Me sometimes is, I'm not sure what Spurlock's escapade really accomplishes, except to emphasize that eating 5,000 calories a day, and exercising little, is bad for you.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (16)
New York Magazine
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A well-crafted comedy.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Entertaining and informative.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Although Spurlock's movie is thought-provoking and downright funny, he doesn't exactly play fair.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comment (1)
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Super Size Me can be frivolous and slightly smug, but it certainly puts the question of America's health squarely on the table -- and in a wonderfully entertaining way.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's one thing to know that fast food is bad for you. It's another to see that 'badness' demonstrated.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Fascinating documentary on American fast food.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

May affect how you eat and will serve as a rude awakening...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I'm willing to believe Spurlock's hypothesis ... but someday I'd like to see a well-researched documentary as lively as this one on the harmful effects of pseudo-science in the media.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Through the use of quirky art work, animation, a barrage of facts and figures, plus an incredibly dry wit, Spurlock shines a light on America's attitudes to weight gain.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The 'What Would Jesus Buy?' project, broader than digestion issues, is the brainchild of Morgan Spurlock, who in a less spiritual frame of mind, lost the junk food battle of the bulge against McDonald's with this high calorie investigative documentary.

November 11, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Underscores the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and it does so in a frequently humorous and self-deprecating way. Plenty of food for thought.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Might help shake the Mcfaithful out of their special sauce stupors.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's rare the film that changes someone's life; Super Size Me may indeed change many.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...it's unfortunate that the place of pride belongs to Spurlock's self-mortification.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...invaluable, putting the hard truth in our face like never before

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com
LYTRules.com

Spurlock's adventure in not-so-fine dining may be extreme, but it makes its point in a shocking way...

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

One of only a handful of select films that I can recall as being as important as it is entertaining.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

Instead of making a calm, reasonable case, Spurlock dazzles us with sensational details. [But] most of his arguments are properly persuasive.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

It goes several extra miles to interview nutritionists, educators and media experts about the epidemic of obesity.

October 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The movie delivers loads of facts, food for thought and a heaping serving of laughs.

October 18, 2004

Absolutamente deliciosa.

October 13, 2004
Cinenganos

It's the film and its hero's honest approach that make the package so persuasive.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Every schoolchild should be brought to see it - with no popcorn during or burgers afterwards.

September 28, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Super Size Me is, on one level, a cinematic stunt in the tradition of Michael Moore's populist, anti-corporate crusades.

September 12, 2004 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for Super Size Me

This film showcases the true facts about fast food restaurant chains globally and it does it to perfection. The first half of this film is mostly focussed on exploiting these fast food places (mainly McDonald) by using true facts that they came up with themselves. Everything about this documentary is natural and is pretty fascinating to see just how bad fast food really is if it is consumed in large portions continuously. I must say that the second half of the film is kind of hard to watch and it had my gut turning is many portions. On a technical level, the film is greatly shot for what it is and the sound department did a very good job making everything sleek. I highly recommend watching this film. Is it weird that I want a Big Mac right now?
June 12, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An open eye documentary.
August 14, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

An effective, entertaining, original documentary concerning the subject of fast food and one tenacious film-maker's experiment of eating nothing but McDonald's food for thirty days. While it is flawed in more ways than one in order to skew the odds in his favor, Morgan Spurloch's bravery with the subject matter is arresting all the way to the end. The film can not be deemed a failure by any stretch of the imagination when one considers its release eternally banned "Super Size" meals being sold at McDonalds establishments ever again. Though it is entertaining and education, most importantly, it is a testament to the power of the medium of film and its ability to produce results that alter businesses and lifestyles forever.
July 1, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Somehow, we are shocked when Morgan Spurlock informs us how gross we are. A must for every American.
February 4, 2012
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