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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Cooke may overstuff his documentary with too many points, but if a young person had to watch just one film about the drug war, this is not a bad choice. show more

  • 80

    Whether or not you agree with its underlying critique of existing drug policy, How To Make Money Selling Drugs is an ambitious, creative attempt to talk in a single film about everything from the disparate treatment of black and white dealers to the influence of asset forfeiture on law-enforcement strategies to the devastation of Mexico's drug war. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As it turns out, making money selling drugs is pretty win-win as far as it goes, but keeping it is another matter. So the title isn’t so much a joke as a bleak comment on a desperately cynical economy: In the drug trade, as well as the dubious “war” declared against it, everybody ultimately loses. show more

  • 75
    Rob Humanick Slant Magazine

    The film employs a flashy text-and-graphics aesthetic that immediately brings to mind the satirical undercurrent of a Grand Theft Auto video game. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    This film is best when arguing that drugs should be treated as a multibillion-dollar commodity business in need of regulation, and not as a moral failing. show more

  • 80
    Tom Huddleston Time Out London

    The result is entertaining and insightful, balancing cold statistics with real-life stories of success and tragedy, presenting a broad, clear-eyed view of an increasingly complex issue. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The question posed by the title of Matthew Cooke’s documentary seems to have a simple answer: Sell drugs. Lots of them. But this dope dealers’ DIY manifesto isn’t quite the illustrated instruction manual it sardonically promises to be, as Cooke talks to many a former pusher, from legendary kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross to small-timer 50 Cent. show more

  • 60
    The Guardian

    Various colourful characters including Freeway Rick Ross, the man who invented crack, and ex-cop Barry Cooper explain the tricks of the trade, but none of it will be news to anyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire." show more

  • 67
    The Playlist

    The biggest failing of this mostly enjoyable documentary is that it works like a Michael Moore film. It probably won't convince those outside the circle, it will only serve to push them further away. show more

  • 25
    Entertainment Weekly

    While it won't win any Oscars, Matthew Cooke's new documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs may take the prize for being the shallowest and most glib film of the year. show more

  • December 10, 2012 kj00000000132028
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    5 stars. This is a serious contender for best documentary. It is not only entertaining, but topical and hits controversy on the nose.

  • December 10, 2012 ek00000000132513
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    This will be your favorite film of 2013 - do not miss this.

  • December 10, 2012 zn00000000075213
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    Incredible - this film is top notch. When this comes out in theaters, I recommend that everyone see it.

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