Autism: Made in the U.S.A.

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Alternative-health advocate Gary Null’s passionate documentary, rooted in his conviction that childhood vaccinations cause severe autistic disorders, contains heartbreaking footage of families shattered by the overwhelming needs of raging, nonverbal children. But the film is long on emotion and short on quantifiable evidence.

It would take a hard heart to ignore the pain of these tortured parents, but it would also take a disengaged brain to dismiss the efficacy of childhood vaccination programs—which is statistically demonstrable. Evidence supporting reports of side effects, meanwhile, is fundamentally anecdotal.—Maitland McDonagh

Opens Fri; IFC. Find showtimes

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