You Don't Know Jack
You Don't Know Jack (2010)

Al Pacino stars as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in director Barry Levinson's made-for-HBO biopic tracing the controversial career of the outspoken assisted suicide advocate/activist. Convinced that "dying is not a crime," Dr. Kevorkian… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com

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.

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Randee Dawn
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

Ultimately, there's little wrong with You Don't Know Jack and the performances alone make it worth seeing, but it's a good film that never quite rises to great.

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James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine

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.

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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Director Levinson provides some stylish angles and sequences, but his real achievement is shaping Pacino's performance and keeping the material fresh and passionate.

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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

This is Levinson's best work since Wag the Dog

Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

Jack remains a disturbing, significant picture, expressing a mind and a purpose coldly silenced before it was ever truly understood...finding the shadows and the soapbox, Pacino is masterful in this uneasy, thought-provoking drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
You don't Know Jack is a well crafted biopic on Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide advocate who was charged on murder for killing his patients. With this… More
Cynthia S.
Ok, not an Al Pacino fan really. What drew me to this movie was the fact that I have always believed in what Dr. Kevorkian stood for. I deal with very sick… More
Zach Brehany
One of the beauty's of this film is that it does question one very important topic: If someone wants to die, should they be allowed to? Well, Jack… More
Corey Wood
Its Al Pacino's performence that makes this movie worth watching. The story itself is interesting but in the end its hard to come up with weather you like… More
familiar stranger
Euthanasia (aka 'mercy killing') has been a debatable issue for quite a long time & I guess it will remain so. There are some people in its favor… More
paul sandberg
Perhaps because I am in agreement with Kevorkian's pro euthanasia stance, I found the film very true, heartwrenching and very much NOT macabre. Certainly… More