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