You Don't Know Jack Reviews

August 10, 2020
After spending more than two increasingly dispiriting hours with Pacino's raspy eccentric, I still didn't know a lot more about Kevorkian than I had going in.
August 10, 2020
There are many, many haunting scenes in HBO's docudrama You Don't Know Jack.
August 10, 2020
Should make for a fascinating and nicely tangled story. The trouble was that the programme turned it into a straight fight between goodies and baddies.
August 10, 2020
Kevorkian boasts that he can "go weeks without food, like Gandhi." Pacino, by contrast, clearly recognizes the big, juicy meal laid out in front of him by this peculiar character, and it's a pleasure watching him greedily consume it.
August 10, 2020
Pacino spends most of the two-plus hours of "Jack" being a distraction in his own movie.
August 10, 2020
The result is a pro-euthanasia argument told as a lovable-old-coot story. It's probably the best way to sell such a grim tale.
August 10, 2020
Losing himself entirely in the role, Pacino is outstanding as Jack Kevorkian, stoop-shouldered and self-confident but with an air of permanent sadness.
Top Critic
February 7, 2018
Displaying its own media savvy, Jack is sympathetic to Kevorkian but not polemical.
June 7, 2017
Pacino and Levinson seem to have made a deliberate decision to keep Jack's rough edges. There is no attempt to make him heroic; we have to come to any such decision on our own.
June 7, 2017
You Don't Know Jack may be a film about the case for making dying patients comfortable. But admirably, it recognizes that thinking about this, or watching, should be discomfiting.
June 7, 2017
Levinson has a deft touch with ordinary people and places, and the film's early scenes, especially, take care of business in a satisfying, sideways fashion, developing character with exposition and finding every avenue for real-world humor.
June 7, 2017
We're like Sarandon's Janet Good, begging from our deathbeds for Jack to tell us something about himself and arriving at the end of things without any greater understanding than we had at the start.
June 7, 2017
You Don't Know Jack is a compelling, at times thrilling, tale that can absorb even those with little interest or feeling for the subject. This is one of the saddest, dreariest subjects imaginable, but You Don't Know Jack is anything but.
April 26, 2010
This is Levinson's best work since Wag the Dog
April 26, 2010
You Don't Know Jack might make you uncomfortable, and it probably won't change your mind on the issue of euthanasia, but you should by all means see it.