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Liz Canner's shocking yet entertaining documentary ORGASM INC. explores the strange science of female pleasure, and in the process reveals the often warped mentality of our pharmaceutical and medical industries. ORGASM INC. begins when filmmaker Liz Canner is hired to edit erotic videos to be used in a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first FDA approved "Viagra" drug for women that will treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Intrigued, Liz decides to make a movie about the science of female pleasure. But… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Canner's deft exposť also makes clear that some of the highest-profile "experts" are shills for Big Pharma, and that genital mutilation is thriving in the West, in the form of cosmetic surgery."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Many documentaries lose focus or become unwieldy as their directors uncover unexpected facts about their subjects, but Canner is able to keep Orgasm Inc. trained on its eponymous theme ..."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A must-see for women and men alike. So long as the filmmaker sticks to disturbing facts and figures...(the movie) provides a stiff tonic indeed."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Canner gives us all the subtext that was missing from "Love and Other Drugs.""
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This thoughtful-if at times clumsy-film is the latest salvo in the ongoing debate over the increased power of the pharmaceutical industry."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Can best be described as a compelling mess."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Essentially, "Orgasm Inc." illustrates a time-honored principle of capitalism, which is that you'll never go broke by convincing women that something is wrong with them and then selling them something to make it better."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"[Shows] how the American pharmaceutical industry, in legion with famous doctors in its pay, has identified a disease, "female sexual dysfunction" (FSD), that they claim (dubiously) afflicts 43 percent of American women."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The film may not be orgasmic, but it is an education, a call to action, and a celebration of just how very normal female sexuality can be."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"An eye-opening, cautionary tale unveiling a diabolical corporate conspiracy to turn healthy people into patients by medicalizing everyday aspects of the human condition."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Some subjects are so compelling that not even bad filmmaking can ruin them. And for most of "Orgasm Inc.'' it feels as if Canner is trying with all her might to do just that."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"By taking a playful approach to a deeply serious subject, [director Liz Canner] explores the link between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that's as entertaining as it is revelatory."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...may seem targeted at female audiences, but the film has a universal appeal with its slap at big pharmaceutical corporations that...turn healthy people into patients just to sell their drugs."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is a strident issue movie with the feel of a more objective portrayal."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"[T]hose of us worldly and wise about human sexuality will be angry to see laid so, er, bare, the medicalization of our culture's unwillingness to meet women on their own terms..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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