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We’ve heard this story before. And we’ve heard it better. 

That’s certainly the most effective response you might have after watching Netflix’s limited series “Painkiller,”

a dramatization of the position of Purdue Pharma drug OxyContin in the opioid epidemic.

If that sounds acquainted, that’s because “Dopesick,

” Hulu’s limited series dramatization of the role of Purdue Pharma drug OxyContin in the opioid epidemic, debuted in 2021

“Painkiller” stars Matthew Broderick as the villainous Dr. Richard Sackler; “Dopesick” had Michael Stuhlbarg. 

“Painkiller” has Taylor Kitsch as the Southern everyman who got hooked on Oxy after an harm; “Dopesick”

had Kaitlyn Dever. Uzo Aduba investigates Purdue on “Painkiller”; Rosario Dawson did it for “Dopesick.” And so on. 

“Painkiller” (streaming Thursday, ★½ out of four) tells nearly a carbon replica of the tale “Dopesick” advised,

however the huge trouble is that “Dopesick” advised it better. “Painkiller” treats the story of a pandemic that has killed hundreds

 of lots of humans and ripped families aside as a paranormal realist farce, complete of fable sequences and the shouting ghosts of Sacklers beyond.

It’s a hyper-stylized desire that might do nicely for another story. But it’s no longer extreme sufficient for the crimes committed via corporations hocking opioids to the public.

It lacks gravitas and a factor of view. At many points, it’s painful to observe. It’s constantly arduous to look at. 

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