The Greater Good (film)

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The Greater Good
Directed byKendall Nelson, Chris Pilaro
Produced byLeslie Manookian Bradshaw
Written byLeslie Manookian Bradshaw, Jack Youngelson
StarringGabi Swank, Jordan King, and the Christeners[1]
Music byStephen Thomas Cavit
BNP Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 2011 (2011-04-02) (Dallas Film Festival)
  • October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Greater Good is an anti-vaccination propaganda film.[2][3] It debuted at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 2, 2011,[4] and began playing in Los Angeles, California on October 14, 2011.[5] The film was endorsed by controversial doctor Joseph Mercola on his website, as part of "Vaccine Awareness Week", a joint venture with the anti-vaccine organization National Vaccine Information Center.[6]

The conjecture presented in the movie that vaccines might cause autism[7] is contradicted by all existing scientific evidence on the subject.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times criticized the movie, calling it "emotionally manipulative," and "heavily partial."[9]

Variety's John Anderson reviewed the film, saying that it is "swimming in ethical contradictions." Anderson also stated, with regard to the film's potential bias, "Admittedly, it would have been difficult for the filmmakers to show the other side of those scenes; how do you focus on subjects who haven’t died from smallpox, diphtheria or pertussis because they were immunized as children? But that would require an approach that doesn’t take advantage of the audience’s emotions."[3]

David Gorski criticized the movie in a blog post,[10] lamenting that the film "which could have been a provocative debate about current vaccine policy based on asking which vaccines are necessary and why, in the end opts to be nothing more than pure anti-vaccine propaganda of the lowest and most vile sort."[6]

Gary Goldstein described the film as "provocative" and "an effective eye-opener."[11]

LA Weekly's Veronika Fredman wrote that "Though there are pro-vaccine interviewees, this film has a clear agenda in encouraging skepticism toward vaccination."[12]


The Greater Good won awards from the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival[13] as well as the cinematic vision award at the Amsterdam Film Festival.[14]


  1. ^ Main Characters
  2. ^ Gorski, David. "The Greater Good: Pure, unadulterated anti-vaccine propaganda masquerading as a "balanced" documentary". Science Based Medicine.
  3. ^ a b Anderson, John; Anderson, John (2011-10-16). "The Greater Good". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ Film Seeks to Spur ‘Rational Discussion’ On Vaccine Safety
  5. ^ The Greater Good at IMDB
  6. ^ a b Anti-vaccine propaganda lands in New York City this weekend
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  8. ^ Doja, A.; Roberts, W. (November 2006). "Immunizations and autism: a review of the literature". Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 33 (4): 341–346. Archived from the original on 2013-07-31.
  9. ^ The Fight Over Vaccines and Autism, Continued
  10. ^ The Greater Good: Pure, unadulterated anti-vaccine propaganda masquerading as a "balanced" documentary
  11. ^ Goldstein, Gary (14 October 2011). "Movie review: 'Greater Good'". Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ Ferdman, Veronika (13 October 2011). "The Greater Good Review". LA Weekly.
  13. ^ The Greater Good
  14. ^ 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival Announces Awards