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Morbidly obese and stricken with an autoimmune disease, a man endeavors to drink only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days in an effort to lose weight and reclaim his health.

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Joe Cross
Director
Joe Cross
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Joe Cross
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Robert Mac
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Shane Hodson
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M.E. Manning
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Richard Lopez
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Critic Reviews for Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (4)

  • Continues the bizarre tradition of documenting how superhero-like white foreigners with commanding accents come to America to revolutionize the way we eat.

    April 4, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.

    April 1, 2011 | Full Review…
  • "Fat, Sick" may be no great shakes as a movie, but as an ad for Mr. Cross's wellness program its now-healthy heart is in the right place.

    March 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Blithely ignoring socioeconomic factors, Cross places responsibility for good nutrition squarely on human willpower.

    March 31, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.

    March 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Virtually every documentary cliché from the past decade finds its way into this account of director Joe Cross's weight-loss odyssey, a retread-reversal of Super Size Me right down to the cheesy animation.

    March 29, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

  • Jan 07, 2015
    Not informative, not entertaining, and not even in good taste. This "documentary" is nothing but self-promotion, self-aggrandizement and cynically commercial without offering any insight beyond "Americans eat poorly". However, if you enjoy chatting with people on a diet about how much fatter you are than them, or if you relish the awkwardness of seeing someone on a diet tell a man sitting next to his son at a greasy spoon diner that he'd rather be on a juice diet than die and abandon his children, then you might like this insufferable film. On the other hand, if you want to learn something other than how highly the filmmaker thinks of his own weight loss accomplishments, I would find almost anything else to watch.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2012
    Makes you want to own a juicer.. but when you do the math and realize how expensive it is to juice your food... it makes you think twice.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2012
    No matter what I can at least say with certainty that this documentary has changed the way I view health and juice fasts. Getting that out of the way, I have a couple of problems with this film. For one, the director of the film has never directed anything else in his life, and he is in fact a highly paid executive. That doesn't take away from his sincerity or the film's actual usefulness as a means to educate. My main problem, I would have to say, is Cross' ignorance and the fact that he doesn't understand what the audience wants to see. The film includes completely stupid and cheesy animation, and a large chunk of it is about himself and his own struggle with weight. Cross isn't all too interesting, though his interviews with the American people really brought about a sense of community and showed that everyone struggles with willpower. Cross also blindly limits the means of obesity to willpower though, which is ignoring the state of the American economy and health care system in this country. It seems that he was simply trying to emulate Super Size Me's message by showing the alternative to a fast food diet. If he hadn't stumbled upon Phil Staples and got him to join his crusade for juicing, this movie would be completely flat and pointless. Phil humanizes the film, because he was a very large individual with bad eating habits and a sedentary job as a truck driver. He had a hard life and turned to food, and he was human and likable compared to Cross' blunt and unlikable presence onscreen. I would even have liked to see Phil further down the line, and let off of Cross for a bit so that could have been accomplished. It really changes the way you look at nutrition, but I'm not going out to preach this involuntary commercial for juicers anytime soon.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2011
    As a film documentary it's cliched and offers nothing new or creative, as an awareness method about the American diet and the way we treat our bodies it is an eye opener. While juicing might not be right for everyone it most certainly makes you analyze and try to fix what you put in. The film details Joe Cross and his journey from 310 pounds and pumped full of medications to a 200 pound healthy and active guy. After this transformation Joe also helps another man he met in the United States who has the same medical condition as he used to and helps him lose over 250 pounds as well! The film is very human and quite emotional, especially when we meet Phil (the truck driver) and see how lonely and miserable he is. Overall the documentary is one worth watching and more importantly acting upon!
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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