• Unrated, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Léa Pool
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 25, 2012
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Pink Ribbons, Inc. Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...Ribbons is borderline milquetoast: it doesn't have the courage of its convictions.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Sarah Boslaugh

Pink Ribbons, Inc. amasses a wide array of pink-tinted footage, balanced by the testimony of women with Stage 4 cancer and experts who haven't drunk the Kool-Aid, pink or otherwise

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

September 20, 2012

One of the hallmarks of a great documentary is telling you something you never expected to hear...This Canadian film will, if nothing else, make you think twice every time you see a pink ribbon.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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In the 98 minutes of "Pink Ribbons, Inc.," a wealth of information and images flit past, many intended to raise eyebrows if not ire.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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You have to agree with the advocates who charge that some corporations are milking cancer.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Pink Ribbons, Inc." is a colorful indictment of corporate infestation, but it's missing a prescription.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2012
Inkoo Kang
Boxoffice Magazine

Pink Ribbons is an intelligent and moving account of how capitalism has profited off philanthropy, and how it's hurt cancer patients in the process.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 12, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It rakes the muck quite effectively.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2012
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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At the very least ... this documentary will make you question the status quo.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[Lea] Pool examines the industrialization of the cause that made the Komen Foundation a self-fulfilling business and the filmmaker does a fine job in raising my awareness.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix

Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a valuable eye-opener about an important movement that has become distressingly commodified.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

did take away a couple of ideas I hadn't really considered before...who knew early detection only works for a minority of those diagnosed with this disease?

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

June 18, 2012
Asher Klein
Chicago Reader
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The film raises the question of whether branding the disease has taken precedence over preventing it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 14, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It's a well-argued polemic that, despite being one-sided, has loads of useful information to share, if only to begin a crucial argument about health care, allocation and coordination of research dollars, consumerism and the privatization of philanthropy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

An interesting documentary that rather criminally buries its lede, Lea Pool's film never tames her unwieldy collection of thought-provoking opinions into a cohesive entity grander than the sum of its disparate parts.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C

June 4, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An illuminating, provocative documentary that will leave you enraged, and rightfully so.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 9.0/10

June 3, 2012
Louis Proyect

Delivers the goods on the incestuous relationship between the most powerful breast cancer advocacy group and the corporations that sustain it through the ill-gained profits made from spewing out carcinogens.

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June 2, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

Timely warning about political messages behind philanthropic-corporate complex that tied fundraising, research, discussion, and perceptions about breast cancer in a pink bow.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

June 2, 2012
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

an outrageous film glorifying unreasonable, ill-informed women criticizing huge charitable contributions from corporations because the corporations' alleged motives are not sufficiently pure.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 1/10

June 1, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Activist Judy Brady sums up this film's unapologetic message: "When I see a pink ribbon," she says during the end credits, "I see evil."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2012
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