Extraordinary Measures (2010)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Nelson Jacobs
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2010
Box Office: $11.9M
CBS Films - Official Site


as Dr. Robert Stonehill

as John Crowley

as Aileen Crowley

as Megan Crowley

as Patrick Crowley

as John Crowley Jr.

as Dr. Kent Weber

as CEO Erich Loring

as Pete Sutphen

as Dr. Renzler

as Marcus Temple

as Wendy Temple

as Dr. Preston

as Dr. Allegria

as Vinh Tran

as Cal Dunning

as Renzler Scientist #1

as Senior Scientist

as Researcher

as Security Officer

as Reception Nurse

as Day Nurse (Jana)

as Night Nurse (Marcy)

as ICU Nurse

as Dr. Waldman

as Day Nurse (Kate)

as ICU Doctor

as Stonehill's Secretar...

as Nell Madden

as Webber's Assistant

as Armed Guard

as Pediatric Nurse

as Mega Store Cashier

as Renzler Venture Capi...

as Renzler Venture Capi...

as Security Officer #2

as ICU Nurse #2
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Critic Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Top Critic

Moderately illuminating in parts, but the clichà (C)s of cinematic suffering tend to overwhelm it.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Extraordinary Measures is a celery of a film; humorless, flavorless, mediocre through and through.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2010
Window to the Movies

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

Full Review… | May 17, 2010

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.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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