'Forks Over Knives' serves up a bland, fact-laden documentary

Forks Over Knives (PG) (90 min.) — You are what you eat, as the old saying goes. Sadly that means most of us are garbage, if Lee Fulkerson's nutrition-focused documentary is to be believed.

Produced by former Seminole resident John Corry, the movie praises a plant-based diet, adopting the tough-love stance of a dietary drill sergeant hell-bent on striking meat from your personal menu. We also meet a range of dietary converts (including Tampa's Joey Aucoin) who subscribe to plant-based diets and echo Fulkerson's sentiments that health and wellness are directly linked to food.

Yet the documentary's structure has a significant flaw that's hard to overlook; it's desperately in need of charisma, humor or personality to balance the steady stream of scientific facts we're asked to absorb. Morgan Spurlock, a born salesman, covers similar ground in Super Size Me but entertains by putting himself through a unique fast-food challenge.

Forks Over Knives doesn't have as personal a gateway. Fulkerson might be competent in the editing bay, but he's no on-screen personality. As it stands, this is an interesting and informative health lecture, sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary. It's high on nutritional value but absent any pleasure. (Veterans 24 in Tampa)

Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

'Forks Over Knives' serves up a bland, fact-laden documentary 06/08/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:30am]

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