Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 13, 2011
    80
    Straight-shooting, hard-hitting and fuming with contempt for the tobacco industry, Addiction Incorporated would be almost too exhausting to watch were it not for the folksy charm of its star witness.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 23, 2012
    75
    While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
  3. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Feb 23, 2012
    75
    Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 8, 2012
    75
    It's an effective film, livened with animated rats, never boring.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jan 19, 2012
    75
    The film's subject, a whistle-blowing research scientist who played a key role in the fight to regulate tobacco, deserves to be celebrated.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 16, 2011
    75
    Addiction Incorporated delivers a hard kick in the butts to the tobacco industry.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Feb 9, 2012
    70
    The interviewees are good storytellers--particularly the eccentric research scientists who tested the effects of nicotine on rats in the early 80s--and the editing keeps their stories moving at a lively pace.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 16, 2011
    70
    DeNoble aside, Addiction Incorporated finds most of its heroes in Congress, the White House and federal agencies.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Dec 13, 2011
    70
    Producer Charles Evans Jr.'s directorial debut finds an engrossing suspense angle in the involvement of Victor DeNoble, an idealistic scientist-turned-whistleblower whose suppressed corporate research became the bombshell catalyst in that struggle.
  10. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 13, 2011
    70
    With a name that not even the PR team at Smokefree America could dream up, Victor DeNoble emerges as the hero of Charles Evans Jr.'s mostly muscular documentary on the 1990s campaign to expose Big Tobacco.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 15, 2011
    67
    The heart of Addiction Incorporated is what happened after DeNoble was canned and later emerged as a key witness in news reports, courtrooms, and Congressional subcommittees. Bound by a non-disclosure agreement, DeNoble operated like a character in a real-life John Grisham thriller.
  12. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Dec 12, 2011
    63
    The most dramatic material, such as Victor DeNoble's much-applauded congressional testimony, more or less traffics common knowledge without bothering to provide fresh emotional context.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 12, 2012
    60
    The film's bigger problem is that after a certain point the way in which Evans allows DeNoble to narrate his own story comes to feel self-congratulatory and makes Addiction Incorporated seem a bit more like an advertisement or an endorsement than an investigation or exploration.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Dec 13, 2011
    40
    So long as we're watching DeNoble recounting the details of his laboratory experiments, Addiction Incorporated remains sufficiently gripping; when Evans is reduced to observing his saintly subject educating high-school students about the dangers of nicotine addiction, it's considerably less so.

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