Blending expert testimony with emotional appeals from a support group for women diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, this stinging indictment raises an all-together different call to arms.
| Original Score: 4/5
For all the stellar intentions; revelatory evidence; and thoughtful, wall-to-wall interviewees, this frustratingly overstuffed documentary indulges more in spraying buckshot than stalking a target.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The movie's indignation seems justified on at least one point: that the pink-ribbon movement thus far has done more for marketing than for medicine.
When every month has its own disease, and each satin ribbon pinned to your chest is in a different color, it's an eye-opener by a splash of cold water to see this documentary questioning the uses of philanthropy for the fight against breast cancer.
It's a crude, angry battering ram of a film, much more concerned with counter-messaging than aesthetics, but it gets the job done.
| Original Score: B-
Not especially well-crafted, but this provocative deviation from the usual documentary angle on aid organizations and human rights issues is worth a look.
| Original Score: 3/5
Above all, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is an argument for reintroducing into the public discourse the uncertainty, fear, and complexity that cancer sufferers and their loved ones know all too well.
It's a powerful and subversive reminder that, pink or not, depoliticizing a worthy cause is never pretty.
A righteously outraged documentary targeting the "warm and fuzzy" iconography of the breast cancer fundraising bureaucracy and its camouflage of corporate priorities.
| Original Score: 3/4
An alarming look at the profitable industry that has grown up around nonprofit fund raising for breast cancer research. Must see!
| Original Score: 5/5
Guaranteed to shock anyone who thinks that pink ribbon fund-raising is innocent -- or even useful in either preventing or curing breast cancer.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Pool's documentary provides some cold clarity on a well-advertised if misunderstood disease.
Even pink ribbons have shades of grey.