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  • Summary: A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money Under Our Skin investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting the disease, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients. (Open Eye Pictures) Expand
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  1. The information it presents is eye-opening for medical consumers and health professionals of any stripe. And the film incidentally makes a great case for health care reform.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Berton
    75
    We may not get to argue both sides of the debate, but Under Our Skin stirs the deepest emotions and reveals the most unsettling truth: We're all vulnerable to a tick bite, sure, but it's the health care system that really gets us in the end.
  3. 75
    The movie is frightening not only because of the severe effects the ailment can have on the human body but also because it shows that many doctors are unable to diagnose, let alone treat, the malady.
  4. Under Our Skin has a major ax to grind, but if even half of what it alleges is true, it's more deeply terrifying than any slasher film you'll ever see.
  5. Scary enough to make the faint of heart decide never to venture into the woods or to lie on the grass again without protective covering.
  6. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    70
    Takes a creative, humanistic approach that makes the complex material dramatic and visually interesting.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Wilson overstuffs the film with endless artsy shots of nature.

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  1. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    I was very surprised to see this get less than amazing reviews from professional critics. Please read their arguments. The subject-matter remains crushingly important, and the story and controversy-uncovering is competent and inspiring. To me, this seemed like one of the most important American documentaries of the last century, probably in the top 5. Like, it really should be on the evening news. But then I saw the professional critics' scores and read that their main point of criticism is the movie's style. Its style? Doesn't the subject matter and the substance weigh more in their judgement than the style? I had hoped so! Please help this movie make its impact. Its importance should be recognized widely. Expand
  2. BethC.
    Jun 30, 2009
    8
    It's not as entertaining as Michael Moore's film on the health care system. Yet this is a compelling, frightening film about a real disease that many in the medical business would like to sweep under the carpet. You come to care about the people profiled in this film, both the sufferers and the courageous doctors who take on these patients, at risk of losing their medical licenses. Expand

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