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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 15 out of 106

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  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 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. Expand
  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 it into film but it simply wasnt that interesting.
  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 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. Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    0
    If your definition of a good documentary is to "mislead the layperson using manipulation of facts and half-truths" than this would be a good documentary to you. Be smart, not dumb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersize_me#Criticism_and_statistical_notes
  5. Jan 13, 2011
    8
    This documentary serves a purpose of discovering the facts behind very unhealthy eating habits and raising awareness to the growing concern about obesity. It achieves those two goals effectively and it is what I believe is the essence of the movie. Not just about bashing McDonald's, although it did that quite effectively too.

    3/4
  6. Jan 27, 2013
    7
    Super Size Me is an entertaining movie, highlighting one man's attempt to eat only McDonalds for a month. Whilst the film is entertaining, it's premise and conclusions are redundant (eating a lot of junk food is bad for your health - who would've ever guessed?). Despite presenting us with an overwhelmingly obvious notion, the journey is still fun to watch.
  7. Sep 19, 2013
    9
    It often takes extreme measures to outline extreme problems within an expanding society of accessibility to food of all varieties, especially fast food. Morgan Spurlock takes his documentary prowess and takes aim at the fast food industry and outlines the simple premise that everything is now bigger, or super sized if you will, weight, food and meal size, convenience and of course, lawsuits. Spurlock goes at it on a personal level, combining very candid video logs while also taking an honest approach to the effects of his new diet, such as his sex life. His new regime is making a thirty day diet consist entirely of McDonalds food and drink for his three meals per day. He goes through all the routine health tests before embarking on his experiment. While he does it, we also get to know the fast food giant that is Ronald and his french fries, while also asking passers-by how often they eat such greasy goodness, but more difficult questions like, What is a calorie? The results after mere days are quite startling, as Morgan eats his first Super Size meal and in turn vomits most of it back up again, the deterioration of his health in a mere two weeks is astounding, and the facts are equally disturbing, showing just how much more is now available than 20 years ago. Where the challenge seems to take its starter from was a court case that was going on from two young girls who claimed that McDonalds was the cause of their obesity, through large consumptions. Morgan tries tirelessly to get a meeting with the McDonalds bigwigs but is unsuccessful. The film is a true and often gobsmacking account at just how much damage people are doing to their bodies with that Big Mac or two, it shows the immediate impact of the media and how various celebrities are called upon for soft drink or fast food placements to help the sales, but it simply doesn't matter, the money is still made. Spurlock worries all those around him with his drastic health change and it really hits home just how quickly things can change, but also just how much is in one of those meals. We see the difficulties in putting across a healthier message but we also see the reluctance of the ones behind the food, but at the end of the day, business is business, but in this instance, business can legally kill. Expand
  8. Dec 12, 2011
    7
    We're talking fat, not phat.

    When Morgan Spurlock decided to embark on a month-long "McDiet," little did he know he would gain 25 pounds, suffer liver damage and, in general, feel like hurling each and every McDay.

    For 30 days straight, the New York filmmaker was his own guinea pig (emphasis on the pig), eating only McDonald's meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With camera in one
    hand and a Big Mac in the other, Spurlock documented his dieting debacle. The result is Super Size Me, which might even give Ronald McDonald indigestion....

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  9. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    It may have its fair share of holes, but Spurlock's commentary is irresistibly entertaining and enlightening.
  10. Feb 25, 2014
    8
    There has been much criticism on this film, claiming they used the facts to scare the viewer out of eating fast food. If they just rearranged the words in that sentence, it would complete backfire and put the blame back on them. If fast food is really that bad and these facts exist to begin with, then it is a problem. And the way Al Gore made more awareness for global warming with "An Inconvenient Truth", Morgan Spurlock opens up the real fast food industry with this mind-blowing documentary. Expand
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. 60
    Beyond any contention is Morgan Spurlock's gift for metabolizing common knowledge into uncommonly entertaining cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    80
    It’s a hugely enjoyable descent into epic gluttony.
  3. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    90
    Hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body.