HBO’s ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ Scores

by | April 25, 2010 at 10:29 AM | HBO

Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian on HBO's 'You Don't Know Jack.'  (HBO)

Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian on HBO's 'You Don't Know Jack.' (HBO)

Al Pacino stepped onto HBO last night in ‘You Don’t Know Jack,’ a biopic of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the man who advocated doctor-assisted suicides for terminally ill patients.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber with HBO, you can watch the movie right here. Or you can watch it on television. The reason for this post is to urge you to watch it.

Critics across the board said the movie was worth the investment of time. “A perfect marriage of character and star, You Don’t Know Jack is a marvelous fact-based account of an engrossing story, creatively gorged with an embarrassment of riches,” said Brian Lowery in Variety.

“It’s tough to know which aspect of HBO’s terrific biopic, You Don’t Know Jack, is the most intriguing,” said Linda Stasi in the New York Post. “Is it the fact that such a strange, asocial man as retired pathologist Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian would catapult to national fame? Or is it that the actor who plays him, Al Pacino, actually refrained from being a giant slab of ham long enough to revert to the great actor he used to be?”

Added the San Jose Mercury News, “As its playful title implies, “You Don’t Know Jack” contains touches of humor. It also is, at times, chilling and poignant.”

And Tom Shales, writing in the Washington Post, said, “A rock-solid and absorbing film.”