Off Label (2013)

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Doctors today are liberally writing prescriptions for psychotropic drugs such as Adderall, Ambien, Zoloft, and Prozac (amongst many, many others). Often these drugs are combined in polypharmacy cocktails or are given out for unapproved or untested indications, leading to abuse, dangerous side effects and heavy dependence. In OFF LABEL, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) examine our runaway pharma-culture by weaving together the stories of drug testing subjects, Big Pharma representatives, and many others touched by the rampant use of pharmaceuticals. Together, they create a poetic, sometimes amusing and frequently heartbreaking emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America. (c) Oscilloscope
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Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Despite some artful visuals and harrowing testimony, this 2012 advocacy documentary suffers from a lack of focus.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Co-directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher try to encompass so many people and so many angles in such a short amount of time, they end up breezing through them and providing glimpses that feel rushed and unsatisfying.

Full Review… | August 9, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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The film's stacked stories naggingly lack a cohesive train of thought beyond the often harmful pervasiveness of pharmaceuticals in American society.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
New York Times
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For maximum digestibility, everything is cut up into vignette-sized chunks and flavored like boutique web content.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
AV Club
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Conversation-starting doc may cause you to scrutinize your medicine cabinet.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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Palmieri and Mosher have taken on a huge and urgent topic, and their work's impact rests on their refusal to tell viewers how to feel.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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