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Crazy, Not Insane isn't as narratively disciplined as documentarian Alex Gibney's best work, but Dorothy Otnow Lewis' clinical analysis of murderous psychology may prompt unexpected sympathy for the devil. Read critic reviews

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Psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis stirs controversy for her views on serial killers and the death penalty.

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Nancy Abraham
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Maiken Baird
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Lisa Heller
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Stacey Offman
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Richard Perello
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  • A forensic psychiatrist known for her controversial views on serial killers and the death penalty, Lewis is an absorbing subject.

    December 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Focusing on Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a rebel psychiatrist who believed in multiple personality disorder long before her colleagues did. The videos of her interviewing mass murderers are riveting.

    December 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a fascinating idea, enhanced by some hair-raising interview footage that could make the most skeptical mind question whether there might be something to Lewis' theories.

    December 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • An urgent, compelling lateral biography of octogenarian forensic psychiatrist Dr Dorothy Otnow Lewis and the many interviews she conducted with murderers.

    December 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The prolific Mr. Gibney makes art out of the most unlikely subjects, and in Crazy, Not Insane his expressionist's inclinations are given full rein.

    November 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's the names of the murderers that draw us as opposed to the doctor who spoke with them... But filmmaker Alex Gibney is careful to centralize Lewis and her work, creating a fascinating portrait in personality contrasts.

    November 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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