Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

2016, Documentary, 1h 21m

6 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Dr. William Hurwitz was a preeminent doctor sentenced to 25 years in prison for overprescribing painkillers. His story provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death.

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Critic Reviews for Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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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