Oh look, it's another biopic. I mean, biographic films are cool alright, but give the opportunity for a documentary filmmaker to make a movie about Kevorkian, and the end result would be even better. Most of the time what kept me watching the movie was the subject matter, rather than the way the story was being told... so why not make a documentary instead? Keep fictional films fictional.
Saw this in a San Francisco hotel room the night it premiered on HBO. I don't think a better film about Jack could have been made. I'm glad it was done before his death. Pacino still has it in him, even if it takes several medicore films in between exceptional ones to reminds us. Plus, I've got a soft spot for John Goodman. One of those movies that you don't need to see twice to understand it's forever a favourite.
Pacino, Sarandon, and Goodman all give outstanding performances here, especially Al. this is about a sometimes looked over issue in America: choice of death or suffering etc. I find that discussion quite interesting, and Kevorkian himself interesting. I really enjoyed this film and learned a LOT from it, but I agree with a reviewer below that it could've been better (and perhaps would've won) if it was 1hr40mins.
You don't have to agree with (or even particularly care about) the political issues at the center of this film to appreciate it as the superb cinematic achievement it is, easily the best of director Barry Levinson's career. The cast is excellent, Pacino particularly disappears into one of his best roles. It never lets the weighty themes get in the way of the characters and story. A masterpiece.