Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (Documentary)

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation’s Director of Research.[1] Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation’s Advisory Board.[2][3] Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross states in a press release that he lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.[4][5][6] During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting.[7][8][9] A sequel to the first film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, was released in 2014.[10][11][12

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead won the Turning Point Award and shared the Audience Choice Award – Documentary Film at the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival.[13]

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead was the winner in 2010 of the Iowa Independent Film Festival in the Best Documentary Feature category.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews with review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 67% “fresh”[15] and Metacritic having an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 5 reviews.[16] The Hollywood Reporter called it an “infomercial passing itself off a documentary”.[17] The New York Times stated that the film is “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”.[18]


  1. ^ “Nutrition Research Foundation: Scientific and Research Boards – Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Director of Research”. Nutritional Research Foundation.
  2. ^ “Nutrition Research Foundation: Advisory Board – RJoe Cross”. Nutritional Research Foundation.
  3. ^ “Nutrition Research Foundation: Advisory Board – Robert Mac”. Nutritional Research Foundation.
  4. ^ Rachel Sturtz (November 23, 2012). “Wellness: Juice is the Word”. 5280. Archived from the original on 2013-02-13.
  5. ^ “Official press release” (PDF). Reboot Media.
  6. ^ Charlotte McDonagh (January 2, 2015). “”Half my calories come from plants” weight loss tips”. Daily Express.
  7. ^ Derrick Vander Waal (September 3, 2008). “Nothing But Juice: Sheldon man drops 95 pounds during documented 61-day fast”. The Sheldon Mail-Sun. 137 (16).
  8. ^ “Joe Cross interviewed on CBS “Virginia This Morning””. Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Sidney Fussell (May 3, 2016). “One man’s journey and determination to becoming healthy”. Tech Insider.
  10. ^ Paul, Graham (September 21, 2014). “Being Vegan – Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2”. Las Vegas Informer.
  11. ^ Amy Cooper (February 14, 2015). “”Fat, Sick and Nearly dead 2″ – promote juicing”. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  12. ^ Maggie Bowers (March 9, 2016). “Reporter’s friend takes on juicing and tell all”. Newnan Times-Herald.
  13. ^ “2010 Award Winners”. Sonoma International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2015-02-14.
  14. ^ “Iowa Independent Film Festival”. Iowa Independent Film Festival.
  15. ^ “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)”. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  16. ^ “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  17. ^ Frank Scheck (2011-03-31). “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: Movie Review”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  18. ^ Jeanette Catsoulis (March 31, 2011). “A Road-Trip Diet”. The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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