Owen Gleiberman
May 05, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Forks Over Knives

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/06/11
performer
Joey Aucoin, Neal Barnard, Gene Baur
director
Lee Fulkerson
distributor
Monica Beach Media
author
Lee Fulkerson
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

The ultimate ”Eat your spinach” doc, since that’s literally the film’s message. Yet even if you’re a junk-food junkie, this exploration of the health benefits of a ”plant-based diet” is so scrupulously researched and argued that only a fool would ignore its findings. It centers on two veteran scientists, Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn, who both grew up on farms but now, armed with devastating statistics, assert that all meat and dairy consumption (even the high-end organic stuff) contributes hugely to the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It’s not, for a lot of us, a tasty message, but it’s a worthy one. B+

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