The Crime of the Century: Miniseries

The Crime of the Century: Miniseries

The Crime of the Century: Miniseries

HBO and Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Totally Under Control) deliver a searing indictment of Big Pharma, split into two parts.

2021Rating: TV-MAUSAHBO
CrimeDocumentary
Creator:
Alex Gibney
EPISODE 1.1

Part One

A look at how Purdue Pharma worked with the FDA to get OxyContin approved for wider use, promoting the highly profitable pain medication's safety without sufficient evidence, and creating a campaign to redefine pain and... MORE how it's treated.

EPISODE 1.2

Part Two

A spotlight on the mass marketing of the synthetic opioid fentanyl examines the connections between drug manufacturers and government policy. Video of sales retreats and promotional material reveals a deep cynicism among company employees and... MORE a disregard for the widespread, nefarious corporate practices.

The Crime of the Century: Miniseries / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

While the documentary has so much to share, it doesn't have the poignancy or poetry that helps such informed calls for attention to truly resonate.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Isn’t able to paint a complete picture, but it’s still a powerful and edifying watch.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The cinema is as exhilarating as the journalism is exhaustive.

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Variety

Variety

Makes devastatingly clear, the opioid crisis is more than a human tragedy that has claimed half a million lives. It’s part of what America has become.

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