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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 andA 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. 75
    This compelling account of the explosive growth of Lyme disease grows to encompass all the peculiar politics, corruption and inertia of American medicine.
  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. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    70
    Frightening, powerful stuff.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Sluis
    70
    Both informative and persuasive, Under Our Skin targets both the heart and brain to advocate for the Lyme disease community.
  6. 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.
  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-matterI 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 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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