Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

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Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (film).jpg
Directed by Joe Cross
Kurt Engfehr
Produced by Stacey Offman
Written by Joe Cross
Robert Mac
Starring Joe Cross
Joel Fuhrman
Phil Staples
Music by M. E. Manning
Cinematography Rick Lopez
Max Polley
Jamie Rosenberg
Edited by Alison Amron
Christopher Seward
Distributed by Reboot Media
Bev Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16) (Sonoma International Film Festival)
  • April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01) (United States)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.[4][5]

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.[6][7] The film has been credited with doubling the sales of Breville juicers since the documentary launched on Netflix in the US in July 2011.[8]


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.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 67% "fresh" rating.[10]

Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 5 reviews.[11]


  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. 
  5. ^ "Official press release". Reboot Media. 
  6. ^ 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). 
  7. ^ "Joe Cross interviewed on CBS "Virginia This Morning"". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Claire Reilly (November 29, 2011). "Give it some juice: Breville doubles juicer sales following health doco". Current.com.au. 
  9. ^ "2010 Award Winners". Sonoma International Film Festival. 
  10. ^ "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

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