Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. A deliciously amusing socio-culinary prank.
  2. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    91
    The film has accomplished something few documentaries manage: It's created a stir. It's got people thinking and talking. And avoiding the fries.
  3. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    90
    Hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body.
  4. 88
    It’s one of the blackest comedies to hit the screen since Dr. Strangelove. Spurlock proves himself a supersize talent; he makes you choke on every laugh.
  5. 88
    The movie is zippy, laugh-out-loud funny, persuasive and at times horrifying, as Spurlock undergoes his unpleasant changes with good humor and bad tummy aches.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Riveting and darkly comic Super Size Me is a whip-smart documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    I don't usually make recommendations of this kind, but if you or your kids have gone to a burger joint in the last few weeks, you really do need to see this movie.
  8. A movie every American should see, although parts of it are close to unwatchable - notably an operating room sequence in which a pair of surgeons performs a gastric bypass, or "obesity surgery," as they like to call it, on a dangerously overweight patient.
  9. 88
    Clearly an important film, if only for such disheartening reminders that a McDonald's salad with ranch dressing has more calories than a Big Mac or that Miami is the 15th fattest city in the country (Houston is No. 1).
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 61
  2. Negative: 11 out of 61
  1. Mar 7, 2012
    1
    Start by being totally convinced of something and then try to invent an experiment to fit your preconceived notions... aka "exactly how NOT toStart by being totally convinced of something and then try to invent an experiment to fit your preconceived notions... aka "exactly how NOT to conduct an experiment". Super Size Me fails at the most important level... the one where Spurlock is supposed to convince me that fast food is killing people. His weak concept involves him eating McDonald's food three times a day every day for a month and if asked, accepting the "super size" upgrade. In one scene he eats so much garbage food that he exceeds his stomach capacity and vomits. Then we're all supposed to be surprised and horrified that he (gasp!) gains weight. He mentions nothing about exercise, healthy snacking or other responsible living choices... just the same monotonous drone of "fast food kills... fast food kills..." He never seems phased by the fact that NOBODY eats freakin' McDonald's 84 TIMES A MONTH! Of course most McDonald's menu choices aren't healthy, but it's not intended to be a daily staple!!! As long as you consume it in responsible moderation, you wont gain an ounce. That's what RESPONSIBLE ADULTS do. If you don't want to eat fast food... then DON'T! And the irresponsible folks who can be saved from making bad food choices aren't going to be convinced by this halfassed production. The final joke comes at the very end when we're told that Spurlock's girlfriend (i think) is planning an entirely vegan menu to cleanse his body of the evil McDonald's effects. Yet another wild claim that's just assumed to be correct and isn't backed up by a shred of evidence, like the rest of this film. A mildly entertaining presentation of a completely bad experiment. Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    5
    I thought it was decent but it simply proved what we all already knew - That fast food is bad for you. Morgan did a decent job at putting itI thought it was decent but it simply proved what we all already knew - That fast food is bad for you. Morgan did a decent job at putting it into film but it simply wasnt that interesting. Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2012
    5
    The lawyers that teamed up with Spurlock look like they've ran out of tobacco companies to sue. This documentary is just using scare tacticsThe lawyers that teamed up with Spurlock look like they've ran out of tobacco companies to sue. This documentary is just using scare tactics to kill fast food companies and pass the blame from the people WHO MAKE THE DECISION to eat the fast food to the corporations themselves because we can't handle being told that we've become too lazy to exercise or eat a proper diet. A poor excuse for muckraking; this just fuels the "let's sue everyone" fire. However, it was entertaining, so it gets a 5. If you've never seen it, skip it and see Fathead instead. Full Review »