Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)
Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936)

This is one of the '30s-era "out-for-your-best-interests" films. This one deals with the dangers associated with smoking marijuana and shows how high-school students, after smoking a little pot, may easily commit rapes and… More

Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The original antimarijuana film (1936), offering the true inside story of the devil weed that drives men to savage lusts and women to unspeakable depravities, along with a little bit of dumb fun.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Reefer Madness" is so outrageously over the top that it's tough to imagine it was taken seriously even in the 1930s.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The most famous of all the vintage "message" movies from the 30s and 40s only gets, uh, better with age.

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Time Out

One of the most absurdly earnest exercises in paranoia you'll ever have the good fortune to see.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is so idiotic that it almost demands being seen to confirm how bad it is.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...probably the granddaddy of all so-bad-it's-good cult films. I'm not sure it started a welcome trend.

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TV Guide

All the performers either overact laughably or underact to the point of just standing in place and speaking lines in a monotone.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

As the evidence mounts before us, it becomes clear that the general purpose of Reefer Madness was not pedantry, but vicarious lasciviousness.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A true guilty pleasure; laughable today. More fun than educational.

Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Dr. Carroll: Yes. I remember. Just a young boy... under the influence of drugs... who killed his entire family with an axe.  "Tell your children!" I… More
Aj V
This movie barely has a story, and then there isn't much going on. Plus the quality is bad, so it's hard to watch.
Tim Salmons
And here it is, the mother of all drug propaganda films produced in the 1930's to scare teenagers and warn their parents about the "dangers" of… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Jack: Oh, why don't you button up your lip? You're always squawkin' about something. You've got more static than a radio. Note: I got to… More
Spencer S.
Filmmaking isn't just the art form that aspiring directors yearn for, but a means to exclude and brainwash the public. The thirties and forties saw an… More
Chris Weber
Strange movie which, if I'm not mistaken, is the first (or one of) exploitation film. It's obviously propaganda material designed to scare people, but… More