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Forks Over Knives

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Lee Fulkerson

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Plot Summary

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so utterly straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously? FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Makes a pedantic yet persuasive case for banishing meat and dairy from the dinner table. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, May 6, 2011

Fresh: Even if you're a junk-food junkie, this exploration of the health benefits of a ''plant-based diet'' is so scrupulously researched and argued that only a fool would ignore its findings. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, May 4, 2011

Fresh: One of the more convincing, radical and politically volatile docus to come out of the burgeoning good-food genre. – John Anderson, Variety, May 6, 2011

Rotten: Instead of preaching, why don't the nutrition Nazis figure out a way to make plant-based foods taste better? You are never going to force an entire population to live on spinach. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, May 11, 2011

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Customer Reviews


I went into this movie a skeptic, I left converted (almost). For more than 4 months since seeing this movie I have been following a plant-based whole food diet and I have never felt better. Honestly. This movie provides you with some real-world concrete information regarding our long term health that can not be fairly ignored. It's a documentary, so it's not the most exciting film in the world, but the message it brings can change a generation. It's a must see!

Before the movie I had hight cholesterol. After seeing it and changing my diet, in 30 days my cholesterol dropped 60 points. Incredible.

rex reed

Dont listen to Rex Reed he's fat, two words Rex, gong show!

Converted red meat eater

I love to eat meat. I had been eating a "balance" diet of meat/vegetables, little dairy and exercising daily. I lost over 55 lbs, got stronger, thought I was doing the right thing. Now that I KNOW meat and dairy are bad for us to consume, I went to a plant based diet. I continue to loose weight, getting stronger in gym and feel much better, feeling so healthy. When you change to plant based diet, you WILL feel the difference. It's tough in the beginning but once you feel that indescribable healthy feeling, there's no turning back. Great movie! It was recommended to me by my cousin, thank you Gaby!

Forks Over Knives
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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