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Addiction Incorporated (2011)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

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In the 1980s, Victor DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company, where he was tasked with finding a substitute for nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded- but in the process, he proved something that the industry had been denying for years: that cigarettes were addictive. He also uncovered a new addictive ingredient- setting off a chain of events that still reverberates even today.In a true act of modern-day heroism, DeNoble took his findings to the people


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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This straightforward documentary by Charles Evans Jr. is must viewing for anyone interested in public health and corporate ethics.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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"Addiction Incorporated" follows tobacco's journey downhill from respectability.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Rather than relying only on archival footage and a parade of talking heads, Evans mixes it up with reenactments of episodes in the past. It's subtly unobtrusive and effective.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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While its thoroughness is laudable, its pacing is deadly. And the events and attitudes depicted already have become curiously passe in less than a decade.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Addiction, Incorporated feels more like a well-made educational documentary rather than something you'd care to see in a theater.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Anybody who's remotely interested in this topic already knows everything "Addiction Incorporated" has to say.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky...

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...a film that should be shown in high schools and colleges. Victor DeNoble is a great role model with something important to say. I hope people listen.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The one anti-smoking doc to see if you're only having one.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Charles Evans, Jr. makes an impressive directorial debut... While entertainingly constructed, (the film) suffers at times from a too-comical approach.

January 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

The fascinating first hand story of the scientist who exposed tobacco companies as drug pushers.

December 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

DeNoble is an ideal subject, a riveting, passionate storyteller who witnessed industry shenanigans first-hand a full decade before they were exposed to the public.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This handsomely produced, richly detailed documentary about how the tobacco industry strove to hook America on nicotine and how the research scientist in charge upended this mission as whistleblower is as entertaining as it is informative.

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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