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You Don't Know Jack

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sympathetic Dr. Kevorkian biopic tells controversial story.

Movie NR 2010 134 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
A role that was worthy of Al Pacino's immense talent. You Don't Know Jack was a provocative drama which is even more interesting and inspiring because it is true.

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Directed by Barry Levinson, this powerful biopic that originally aired on HBO received 15 Emmy nominations, including a win for Al Pacino as Outstanding Lead Actor. Pacino is the real selling point here. He creates a three-dimensional portrait of a stubborn, intelligent, and caring man, and it ranks among his all-time best work. Joining him onscreen, Susan Sarandon, Brenda Vaccaro (as Jack's sister Margo), John Goodman, and Danny Huston are all superb.

Unfortunately, the script fails to give much weight to Kevorkian's opponents, and they come across as simple villains. 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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