Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

2016

Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

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Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer? tells the story of Dr. William Hurwitz, who was convicted of over 50 counts of narcotics distribution and was handed a 25-year prison sentence. The film traces Dr. Hurwitz's trial and eventual appeal, detailing the events that lead to his arrest. Testimonies from the witnesses in Dr. Hurwitz's case contradict one another-some revere him, while others condemn him. Taken together, their accounts reveal a profile of a compassionate yet flawed doctor. The film, in telling his story, underscores the tension between every patient's right to pain relief and the lawful need for drug control.

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Critic Reviews for Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • Embracing a structure that implicitly acknowledges the complexity of the issue, Ms. Marson nevertheless contributes to the film's general fuzziness by failing to clarify the legal and moral guidelines that govern these kinds of prescriptions.

    December 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The documentary raises important and substantial questions about an issue that has only become increasingly relevant in recent years.

    December 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Marson's lively narrative employs a lot of diverse voices as well as a surprising amount of archival footage in telling a story that's ethically complex yet easy to follow. All tech and design contributions are nicely turned.

    December 13, 2016 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Compassionate yet well-balanced and highly human documentary about pain-management physician William Hurwitz.

    December 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Marson puts the onus on her audience to look below the surface at the complexities of the case and the drug itself.

    December 29, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Provocative, accessible and refreshingly fair and balanced.

    December 29, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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