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Fed Up


Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

Actors: Michele Simon , Michael Bloomberg , Kelly Brownell , Tom Vilsack , Bill Clinton , Michael Pollan , Katie Couric
Directors: Stephanie Soechtig
Country: USA
Release: 2014-01-19
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  • Robert Cameron Fowler

    Fed Up is a glossy package that gets its warnings across loud and clear: we need to change what we eat.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Alarmist to an almost apocalyptic degree, the film is nevertheless packed with enough basic facts and figures to give any eater serious pause. Or at least any eater who indulges in sugar.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    A surprisingly in-depth and confrontational examination into the obesity epidemic among Americans, especially children, over the last 30 years.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Some lessons are overfamiliar (almonds good, corn syrup bad), but the section on corporate influence over school lunches is enough to make you spit out that 20-ounce soda from the concession stand.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A whirlwind of talking heads, found footage, scary statistics and cartoonish graphics, the movie is a fast, coolly incensed investigation into why people are getting fatter.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Soechtig puts mainstream clout to work to deliver a hard-hitting message. Her mix of archival material, punchy graphics and concise talking-head commentary traces a troubling modern history.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    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?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    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."

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Stamets

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Fed Up isn’t so much a warning to the ignorant shopper or a tip for the unimaginative chef as it is a rallying cry. It succeeds in firing up the choir. Whether it will convert the complacent is an open question.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    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.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Fed Up is a workmanlike documentary, as undistinguished in style as a PowerPoint slide show. It nonetheless finds traction in its depiction of the food industry's Montgomery Burns–like practices.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    A formulaic and functional documentary that nevertheless proves effective at getting the message out about America’s addiction to unhealthy food.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Like most mediocre documentaries these days, Fed Up alternates between regurgitated facts (often presented in snazzy animated interludes), talking-head interviews, and a “human angle” involving a few regular folks who are struggling with the problem in question.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    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." Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review