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Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory
December 3, 2011
Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
May 4, 2011
[Cross] tells us of his self-redemption and his explanation of the principles is mostly entertaining, though eventually repetitious. The case histories he presents are effective and even sometimes moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 8, 2011
The first half is a sycophantic and unfocused look at the health benefits of liquidated fruits and veggies, but Fat's latter half blossoms into something unexpected and heartrending, making it a passable recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 1, 2011
This Oprah-ready doc about the beneficial effects of good dieting manages to be educational and watchable without making you feel too bad about that Twix bar in your mouth.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 1, 2011
For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 29, 2011
A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
March 23, 2011
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead makes it safe to eat your vegetables again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 4, 2011
Joe Cross asks fellow fatties to lose the avoirdupois, interviewing people on the street and taking action in an amusing weigh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2011
Continues the bizarre tradition of documenting how superhero-like white foreigners with commanding accents come to America to revolutionize the way we eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 31, 2011
"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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 31, 2011
Blithely ignoring socioeconomic factors, Cross places responsibility for good nutrition squarely on human willpower.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 29, 2011
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.
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