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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

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28

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 99

Despite a timely topic and a pair of heavyweight leads, Extraordinary Measures never feels like much more than a made-for-TV tearjerker.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 30

Despite a timely topic and a pair of heavyweight leads, Extraordinary Measures never feels like much more than a made-for-TV tearjerker.

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Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. Crowley teams up with scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance

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Robert Nelson Jacobs

May 18, 2010

$11.9M

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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (99) | DVD (4)

Harrison Ford still retains enough of his old movie star magic to ramp up the electricity a bit when he's onscreen, but this only makes you want to see him do something that makes better use of his gifts. Brendan Fraser just seems to grow bigger over the

March 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Moderately illuminating in parts, but the clichà (C)s of cinematic suffering tend to overwhelm it.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's something off-putting about this film's optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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It sometimes feels like one of those "disease of the week" TV movies from the 1970s.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's about as dramatically taut as your garden-variety board meeting. And it makes you realize that jerking a tear or two isn't necessarily a bad thing for a filmmaker to do, if it at least keeps your audience awake.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Anyway, I cried. A lot. What can I say? I'm a sucker for kids on ventilators.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Extraordinary Measures is a celery of a film; humorless, flavorless, mediocre through and through.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Extraordinary Measures strives to tug at our heartstrings, and educate us on a little publicized disease, but it ends up feeling like a drug itself - manufactured using artificial chemicals by technicians in a cold lab.

October 16, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Easy to root for a loving father fighting through the system, but Extraordinary Measures shamelessly piles on the sentimentality and disregards the real work of the many scientists dedicated to fighting this disease for years.

May 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A garden variety disease-of-the-week TV movie dressed up with cinema marquee names.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

If the two leading characters were women, this would have gone straight to the Lifetime network.

April 2, 2010 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This story has merit, so it's a shame it isn't a stronger adaptation of the true events that inspired it.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

If this this sounds like movie-of-the-week fodder, it is, but Extraordinary Measures hits all the right dramatic notes without tipping into sentimentality.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

A touching story inspired by true events. A timely subject. Two high-profile actors in Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. Sadly, it all adds up to an extraordinary bore.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Soapy and unemotional, this makes a hash of an interesting true story.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Those expecting the exuberance of an Erin Brockovich from the same producers will be disappointed. Extraordinary Measures is sensitive and dull.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Harrison Ford is the clichà (C) of a scientist who cares more for equations than humans, and works to atrocious rock music. The child actors are cloying in their cuteness. A serious subject drowned by sentimentality.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Fraser's blandness makes for a deeply uninteresting fit with Ford's supposedly adorable grumpiness. Very ordinary.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Vaughan and scriptwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs have plumped for the â~one man against all oddsâ(TM) plotline, the most reassuringly inoffensive of narrative archetypes.

February 26, 2010
Little White Lies

Extraordinary Measures can't really be classed as a stinker, but it's so middle-of-the-road and startlingly average it's difficult to find much to get excited about.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Possibly the biggest medical poser on offer is why Brendan Fraser had to put on 20lbs to play the role.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An extraordinary story receives a decidedly ordinary treatment in this worthy weepie, which can't get either Ford or Fraser to catch fire. Heartstrings get tugged and tear-ducts tickled, but it's more Lifetime movie than movie of a lifetime.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film manages to balance its weepie and thriller elements without ladling on the emotion or wallowing in sentimentality, but ultimately this is TV-movie material with Hollywood movie actors.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A heart-on-sleeve weepie which takes extraordinary liberties with the truth to fashion a conventional Hollywood narrative.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

Its an okay movie. Ford and Fraser are good strong leads with a good supporting cast. The storyline is okay and although based on a true story i dont think its really a best movie maker, should just of stayed for tv movie.
its a nice enough heart warming, if not inspiring movie of one dads motivation to cure his kids,but this movie is only 'okay' and is okay enough to watch on a sunday afternoon.
July 25, 2011
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Taking a break from trying to amuse the kids with forgettable family films, Brendan Fraser is trying to save the kids with tolerable family drama.
The first feature made by CBS Films, Extraordinary Measures is largely bereft of the mawkish excess of recent kids-with-cancer slog Matching Jack. Sick children and Crowley's (Fraser) selfless wife Aileen (Keri Russell) often disappear, leaving us with starstruck Fraser and Harrison Ford arguing, or fighting the power. Jared Harris is suitably terse as a cold-hearted pharmaceutical "suit", yet professionally crabby Ford ensures that those on the front line of medicine aren't whitewashed as altruistic saints.
This is terribly tense - or draining, even with Fraser's constant effort to prove he's a serious performer by bugging his eyes in a serious manner. But being unaffected by the prime objective is impossible.
June 19, 2011
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Poor acting by Frasier and Ford, no real focus on the disease that the kids suffer from and many pointless scenes that seem to just extend the movie and do nothing else.
April 29, 2011
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Can't help but feel like a big budgeted tv film, but that's alright, because it is a damn good one. Never has such a basic story grabbed my attention and make me feel for every character in a film before. It is far too basic to call a great film, but for what it is, it is brilliant. It is perfectly casted and the story is well paced. Extraordinary Measures, had me smiling, frustrated, sympathetic, and crying by the final moments of the film. It's a great story that is easy to think of, but it is portrayed to perfection. I am in love with this movie!
November 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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