Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

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Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn't make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would take to turn his life around. Desperate, Cross loads up his car with a juicer and a generator, and pledges to survive on nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Not long after his journey begins, Cross quickly realizes that he's well on his way to ending his growing dependence on prescription drugs. His body has begun to heal itself, and as the process continues, Cross attempts to prove just how empowering it can be to take responsibility for our own health.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

  • For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.

    Apr 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.

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

    Mar 31, 2011 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.

    Mar 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Mar 29, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship.

    Dec 3, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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