Critic Consensus: Impassioned and infuriating, Code Black awakens viewers to an endemic problem with no clear solution.

Movie Info

In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ryan McGarry, Joshua Altman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2015
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for CODE BLACK

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

Like most documentary makers addressing the health care crisis, McGarry can't begin to get his arms around the whole problem; this works best as a highly subjective account of a small portion of it.

Full Review… | September 12, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It sticks halos (probably well-deserved) atop the heads of its doctors, it goes for poignant moments without being all that poignant and ends up bemoaning without seriously suggesting any concrete paths to improvement.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Detroit News
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A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Code Black" shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system, but it remains in the dark about why that system is broken and how it can be fixed.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Boston Globe
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"Code Black" presents itself as a demonstration of the current crisis in health care, and it's hard to watch without becoming enraged.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Seattle Times
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Code Black... succeeds in its most important mission: taking us to ground zero of the health care mess.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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