Super Size Me

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Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.

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Why are Americans so fat? Two words: fast food. What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for an entire month? Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life. The rules? For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must wolf three squares a day; he must consume everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked. Spurlock treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and an equal number of regular folk while chowing down at the Golden Arches. Spurlock's grueling drive-through diet spirals him into a physical and emotional metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.

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Critic Reviews for Super Size Me

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (157) | Rotten (13)

  • For all the film's lecturing about the rise in diabetes and good and bad fats, you suspect that its director is secretly just having a laugh with the whole thing.

    Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A wonderful achievement -- entertaining, engrossing, and never far from grossing out.

    Aug 24, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jonathan Trout

    BBC.com
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  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2004
  • A well-crafted comedy.

    Jun 11, 2004 | Rating: 5/5
  • Entertaining and informative.

    May 28, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although Spurlock's movie is thought-provoking and downright funny, he doesn't exactly play fair.

    May 27, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Super Size Me

  • Aug 14, 2012
    An open eye documentary.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2012
    Super Size Me rises far above most cautionary food documentaries thanks to its entertaining (and at the same time shocking and frightening) likable leading man's 30-day McDonald's binge, which dilutes the film's excess of standard facts and statistics and makes Super Size Me stand out in an overly-saturated subgenre.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2012
    Some scenes feel a bit unnecessary , but, in general, this is a very interesting (and disgusting) documentary about McDonalds.
    Bram S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    Super Size Me is not a great documentary, but it definitely is a documentary that needs to be seen. Director Morgan Spurlock eats a diet of McDonald's for 30 days. Though the film is an an interesting idea, I found Spurlock's attempt to be impulsive. Though I understand why he did it, his results at the end of the month were due to the fact that he didn't exercise and he didn't do any other physical activity. Spurloch though shows how eating a lot of fast food with no exercise can damage the body in a very entertaining way. The film is flawed of course, but it does succeed at delivering good entertainment. If anyone would do what Spurlock did in this film, they'd end up the same way. This is a good documentary, but it shouldn't be construed as a valid documentary on the subject only for the fact that Morgan Spurlock deliberately did this to himself. The film is entertaining, and is an eye opener, however the film is full of holes, one being the fact that Morgan Spurlock didn't exercise. An entertaining glimpse on obesity, Super Size Me is a good documentary, but is also reckless in proving the arguments. For what it is, the film is entertaining, as we see Morgan Spurlock enduring.his McDonald's diet to hilarious results. The film does a good job at exposing obesity, but in the end it plays out more like a comedy by delivering a serious subject matter. Either way you look at it, Super Size Me is worth watching. Flawed, but entertaining.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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