Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
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 López
Max Polley
Jamie Rosenberg
Edited by Alison Amron
Christopher Seward
Distributed by Reboot Media
Bev Pictures
Release dates
  • 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 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

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.
  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". The Newnan Times-Herald.
  13. "2010 Award Winners". Sonoma International Film Festival.
  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. CBS Interactive. 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". New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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