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Addiction Incorporated (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

86%
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 480

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for thematic material involving smoking and addiction, and for some language)
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Don Whittemore
In Theaters:
Box Office:
$40.0k
Runtime:
Variance Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Addiction Incorporated

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14) | 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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

This straightforward documentary by Charles Evans Jr. is must viewing for anyone interested in public health and corporate ethics.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

"Addiction Incorporated" follows tobacco's journey downhill from respectability.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Addiction, Incorporated feels more like a well-made educational documentary rather than something you'd care to see in a theater.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Playback:stl

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

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2012
Movie Dearest

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2011
Monsters and Critics

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.

Full Review… | December 14, 2011
Film Journal International

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