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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Fed Up has a fire in its belly to change things. Naïve? Maybe. So what. I say, Godspeed. Here is something rare at the multiplex: a movie that matters. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    It's hard to argue with the movie's basic point. Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF sums it up in three words: "Sugar is poison." show more

  • 75
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    And that's Fed Up's ultimate, if not fatal, weakness: The movie seems to acquit consumers of any culpability in our health crisis. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the film’s worthy goals, there are some empty calories. Katie Couric’s narration and Soechtig’s uninspired style make it feel more like a TV special than a feature documentary. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Snappy graphics channel the info flow like a sugar rush. Scary music cues are overused. Narrator Katie Couric wisely stays offscreen. That keeps Fed Up from feeling like an Oprah special. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    In a move sure to infuriate “nanny state” critics, director Stephanie Soechtig names the US government and food corporations responsible for a campaign to get Americans addicted to junk food — particularly, and most dangerously, sugar — as early as possible. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Like “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), the Oscar-winning film about climate change, it is a call to action. As a screed, it builds a credible, engaging argument, presenting evidence, statistics, talking-head testimony, whimsical charts, poignant personal stories, and animated illustrations of digestive processes to make its case. show more

  • 50
    RogerEbert.com

    Like most movies of its bent, Fed Up can’t admit the thing that Al Pacino gets so tetchy about at the climax of "And Justice For All...," which is that "the whole system is out of order." show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    Along with producer Laurie David (who was also behind Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Couric has made an unabashed muckraking documentary that ends with a call to action that’s half inspirational, half grating. It’s propaganda, to be sure, but effective propaganda. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Even our First Lady isn’t safe from this documentary. Fed Up contends that Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity and her Let’s Move campaign have been co-opted by the food industry. Ever notice how no one ever talks anymore about her vegetable garden on the White House lawn and its consequent argument for the consumption of freshly prepared foods over the processed varieties? show more

  • July 10, 2014 totservice
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    My husband reluctantly went to this movie with me on our anniversary. He eats a lot of junk food and hates to hear about how it can be causing him health problems, He actually enjoyed the movie. This movie basically took on one area of nutrition -sugar, which is smart because the focus was sharp and indisputable. My favorite laugh out loud moment was when the Coke executive tried to validate drinking soda as being a part of a healthy diet in that it provides required liquid for hydration. The editing was a little sneaky but so is their advertising. Tit for tat. I can not even see a soda ad without thinking what sell outs for the celebrities to endorse.

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