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Super Size Me Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2004
A well-crafted comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 28, 2004
Entertaining and informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 27, 2004
Although Spurlock's movie is thought-provoking and downright funny, he doesn't exactly play fair.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 27, 2004
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.
| Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 17, 2004
It's one thing to know that fast food is bad for you. It's another to see that 'badness' demonstrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 14, 2004
After seeing this movie, it's hard to think about fast food the same way again.
| Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2004
Funny, sickening, scary, entertaining and undeniably educational.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 14, 2004
Blatantly unfair and completely winning documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2004
Those who see the film will think twice before succumbing to that next Big Mac attack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 14, 2004
A gimmick film that uses an upbeat style to create laughs, and, in truth, a distaste for fast food.
| Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2004
A controversial, entertaining and stomach-turning nonfiction comedy that will cause many viewers to put down their topping-drenched jumbo buckets of popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 13, 2004
What makes all this work is that the charming Mr. Spurlock, unlike combative Michael Moore, is winning, witty and completely at ease before the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2004
In a way it functions as the mental, emotional, and aesthetic equivalent of junk food; two hours after you see it, you're hungry again, even though your brain has gotten fatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 7, 2004
An anti-junk-food screed that manages to entertain even as it informs and alarms.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 7, 2004
A compelling cautionary tale hot-wired to your gag reflex.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 7, 2004
While not the all-encompassing, hard-facts indictment Fast Food Nation readers might hope for, this more entertainment-oriented package does throw in enough disturbing figures and informative side trips to provide an educational-value meal.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 7, 2004
If you feel hungry for fast food after seeing this, you must enjoy living dangerously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 7, 2004
Provides plenty of food for thought.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2004
Full of interesting facts about the American diet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 7, 2004
Morgan Spurlock's much-heralded Big Mac attack is way more fun than it is preachy.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 7, 2004
Super Size Me produces more laughs than a man's gastrointestinal distress should.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 7, 2004
An entertaining look at America's obesity epidemic and a lively exploration of personal versus corporate responsibility.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 7, 2004
A wild and wicked film that should make anyone think twice before grabbing that Egg McMuffin on the way to work or 'treating' their kids to a meal almost engineered to make them sick.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
May 7, 2004
[A] gripping, often funny, unfailingly gut-wrenching burp of a documentary about America's fast-food industry and one man's (his) greasy descent into its cholesterol-clogged bowels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 7, 2004
This is the documentary that caused a sensation at Sundance 2004 and allegedly inspired McDonald's to discontinue its 'super size' promotions as a preemptive measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 7, 2004
Outrageously amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2004
Super Size Me packs a lot of good information, witty visual aids and expert testimonials into its fast 96 minutes, and all the bad eating certainly makes for compelling if at times repugnant viewing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 6, 2004
Riveting and darkly comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 6, 2004
An entertaining, and occasionally horrifying, statement of the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 6, 2004
A vital shock to the system. It will prop your eyes wide open.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 6, 2004
Have holes in its arguments the height and width of the Golden Arches.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 6, 2004
The speed with which a healthy, relatively young stud can morph into a tub of lard is as horrifying as it is entertaining to watch.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2004
Witty, gross, smart, outrageous, and so clever it just about pops.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2004
You'll never think the same way about those two all-beef patties.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 4, 2004
Morgan Spurlock's self-starring documentary has nothing new to say about America's fast-food addiction and obesity epidemic, but there's no denying its grotesque effectiveness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 30, 2004
Spurlock proves himself a supersize talent; he makes you choke on every laugh.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2004
At once hugely entertaining -- and hugely scary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 15, 2004
[B]ig thumbs up. This was one of the most talked about films at Sundance, and I can understand why.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2004
Thanks to Spurlock's oversized and buoyant personality and some pretty nifty filmmaking, the results are as entertaining as they are sobering.