Take Your Pills


Take Your Pills

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The pressure to achieve more, do more, and be more is part of being human - and in the age of Adderall and Ritalin, achieving that can be as close as the local pharmacy. No longer just "a cure for excitable kids," prescription stimulants are in college classrooms, on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley...any place "the need to succeed" slams into "not enough hours in the day." But there are costs. In the insightful Netflix documentary TAKE YOUR PILLS, award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) focuses on the history, the facts, and the pervasiveness of cognitive-enhancement drugs in our amped-up era of late-stage-capitalism. Executive produced by Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger, TAKE YOUR PILLS examines what some view as a brave new world of limitless possibilities, and others see as a sped-up ride down a synaptic slippery slope, as these pills have become the defining drug of a generation.

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Critic Reviews for Take Your Pills

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5)

  • Urgent and eye-opening ...

    Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The steady stream of talking-head experts doesn't do much to raise the movie's pulse. Archival footage and animated sequences that augment the interview content don't move the needle appreciably, either.

    Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Klayman's] movie is so preoccupied with the idea of competitive advantages that its "Harrison Bergeron" analysis spares little thought for the people who just need some help to be themselves.

    Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Take Your Pills juggles each of these threads with ease, despite at times feeling like a product of the attention deficit generation it's examining: cluttering the screen with animations and frantic cuts.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Take Your Pills doesn't have an answer for why our society is so focused on success, or how we should handle the stresses that come along with achieving it. However, the film makes a point that's perhaps even more powerful.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Refreshingly free of heavy-handed scare tactics, this documentary calmly and rationally explores rising amphetamine use by asking thought-provoking questions and promoting thorough understanding.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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