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Critical Care (1997)

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80

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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Sidney Lumet filmed this hospital satire at a Canadian studio. Alcoholic Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks in old-age makeup) advises younger Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) to only treat patients with much insurance. "When the lawyers start crawling all over you," says Butz, "that's when you know you're a doctor." Ernst, a second-year resident working in the ICU with head nurse Stella (Helen Mirren), winds up in the middle of a dispute between two sisters (Kyra Sedgwick and Margo Martindale). One wants

PG-13,

Comedy

Steven S. Schwartz

Mar 15, 2000

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...it emerges as a magically entertaining blend of heart, soul, mind, wit, farce and, finally, an idyllic idealism.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
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...the performances are juicy and intelligent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lumet moves with confidence between satire and intriguing, heightened-reality spirituality.

January 1, 2000
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There's not much that's subtle in Lumet's tirade against the greed of the medical profession and health-care system and patients who sue.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Critical Care

Not bad medical drama hampered by the fact that for a great deal of the film Spader's character behaves like an idiot. This isn't the actor's fault, he gives as good a performance as possible considering the actions forced on him by the script. He is certainly supported by a high quality cast in almost every role. Kyra Sedgwick is annoying and not terribly convincing but she is the lone sore spot. Helen Mirren is wonderful as an understanding and compassionate nurse and Albert Brooks a stitch as a loony doctor well past his sell by date. The script has many holes but it does make a strong plea for doctors seeing patients as people not just science projects and sources of income.
September 12, 2010
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Lumet tries to do for the US healthcare system what he did for the television industry with Network, but it's lacking bite.
July 14, 2013
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