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In Super Size Me, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a "McDonald's only" diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it is horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death. "For 30 days, Morgan Spurlock consumed nothing but food from McDonald's, an experiment in bad living that frames a jaunty critique of junk gastronomy and corporate power. Like a thinner, less aggressive Michael Moore, the director talks to consumers, experts and food-industry flacks, weaving alarming statistics about rampant obesity with visits to the doctor and double-quarter-pounder-with-cheese combo meals. The film is an entertaining statement of the obvious, though its big questions - do corporations serve our need or enslave our bodies and soul?, are public health problems caused by capitalist rapacity or personal choice? - are not as simple as Mr. Spurlock would have us believe." - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 170
- Fresh: 158
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It's one thing to know that fast food is bad for you. It's another to see that 'badness' demonstrated.
Fresh: After seeing this movie, it's hard to think about fast food the same way again.
Fresh: A gimmick film that uses an upbeat style to create laughs, and, in truth, a distaste for fast food.
Fresh: Blatantly unfair and completely winning documentary.
A nice funny movie, that is very intresting
Spurlock gives a huge view on the fast food industry as a whole. He doesn't just eat food and say it's bad for your health. He explains the advertising behind it, how fast food affects our lives, and about how these companies have gotten to be where they are today. Great film.
A Truly Eye-Opening Film
Morgan Spurlock spends 98 minutes doing an experiment to tell us that fast food is bad for your health.