Prescription Thugs (2016)


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A hard hitting and thought provoking expose of Big Pharma, its marketing practices and their impact on the staggering level of addiction to prescription drugs in North America.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Despite his casual aura, the filmmaker is eloquent and thoughtful.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Even before a "do as I say, not as I do" twist costs it all credibility, "Prescription Thugs" is a not very good documentary about a very important subject.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Engaging and enraging but also, alas, consistently superficial, it's a hot-button work whose easily digested nonfiction methods will appeal to mainstream documentary audiences, even if they also leave viewers hungry for greater substance.

Jan 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's unusually confessional and often moving, but Bell's film is unsatisfying as a piece of documentary journalism.

Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

An accessible look at an important topic: the medicine that ails us.

Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…

If you want to see a documentary about the director's life and how drugs affected him personally, then go see this film. If you're looking for something about what society can do to combat a problem that has turned into an epidemic, look the other way.

Feb 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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