Sicko

Sicko

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  • Sicko
    2 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Sicko Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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There's plenty of grandstanding, most of it very funny. And in this instance, all that sizzle is selling the steak.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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If Moore is using his aw-shucks attitude to articulate a collective anger with such far-reaching effectiveness, tolerating his shtick is the least we can do.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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If other countries can provide their people with universal health care, why can't we? If we can't, who are we?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 8, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though the focus occasionally strays, the film emerges as a fascinating exploration and powerful indictment of a pressing national problem. This is Moore's biggest, best and most impassioned work.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2007
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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'Sicko' is a quieter, more focused and less feral beast than its predecessor, 'Fahrenheit 9/11', but that's not saying much.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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One may quibble with Mr. Moore's anecdotal oversimplifications and his xenophilic fantasies, but he has struck a socio-psychic nerve in the body politic, generating a feeling of outrage that seems to be reverberating in every theater.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 18, 2007
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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This is a movie to see in a theater. It'a group experience. All through the show you'll hear people laughing, crying, muttering, cheering, sighing, swearing, and gasping. And at the end, chances are they'll be on their feet applauding.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 15, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Sicko is worth seeing -- as long as the big grain of salt needed for it is put on more than just the popcorn.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 29, 2007
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Even Moore's worst ideological enemies would be hard put to dispute the basic argument of his new film Sicko: The American health-care system is a sick joke and has been for a very long time.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 29, 2007
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Moore has finally made a moving, whimsical, infuriating film that won't just infuriate the right-wingers who've made a cottage industry out of hating him nor sing to the liberal choir who supports even his shadiest arguments.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 29, 2007
John Hartl
Newsweek
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"Who are we?" might be a better (if less jazzy) title for Sicko, Michael Moore's two-hour meditation on the sickly qualities of American health care.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

June 29, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Moore may play loose with the facts, but you don't have to believe every frame in the movie to come away thinking that the message in Sicko is not only worthwhile, it is also inarguable.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A great piece of populist outrage and a dangerously good comedy about a looming American tragedy, as Moore details the lock-hold on American health care by drug and insurance companies, and the eagerness of politicians to be bought into submission by them

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 29, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Michael Moore's latest documentary-as-soapbox-vituperation is a damning, touching, darkly comical exposÚ on the United States health-care system.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 29, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's doubtful even Michael Moore would claim Sicko as the last word on the subject. But it is a first word -- a very loud first word -- and while it may have been said better, at least Moore said it.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

June 29, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Moore could open a lot of eyes with Sicko but as the song says, we don't need another hero, especially one self-proclaimed.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Sicko is a teaspoonful of documentary sugar in a summer of popcorn salt.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Raise your hand if you've had any Kafka-like health insurance dilemmas. Yes, that's a lot of hands. And as it turns out, at least one has been severed.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

June 29, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Moore's films usually make conservatives angry. This one is likely to strike home with anyone, left or right, who has had serious illness in the family.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 29, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Sicko is Moore's best, most focused movie to date -- much more persuasive than the enraged and self-righteous Fahrenheit 9/11.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 29, 2007
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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It's not impossible that this bitterly funny, bitterly sad call to alms could move reform back up the political agenda. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

June 29, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Michael Moore takes aim at his easiest target to date, and no doubt the hit he scores will become a hit.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Lots of Sicko stands as boffo political theater, but its major domo lost me by losing his sense of humor.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 28, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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We Americans inevitably feel we know the best way to do everything, but the great accomplishment of Sicko is that it is difficult to watch this slyly confrontational film and remain sure.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 28, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sicko, the professional provocateur's most accomplished and fervent film, is what the movie doc prescribes for temporary relief from the chronic headache that is the American health-care system.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The film is an alternately depressing and uplifting experience, a documentary whose ironies -- taking sick Americans to Cuba for cheaper, better health care -- won't be lost on anybody.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

June 28, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sicko is Moore's most satisfying and mature film, with few cheap shots or transparent publicity stunts.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It may incite lawmakers in a position to help to trumpet their faux proletarian credentials.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

June 28, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This is essential viewing -- informative, corrosive, and even sometimes hilarious.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A better, more focused effort than Fahrenheit 9/11 or Bowling for Columbine.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A compelling, tear-jerking look at a vital piece of our infrastructure gone awry.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 5/5

June 28, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Sicko represents Moore's most mature work as a filmmaker.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Sicko, an investigation and indictment of a system choking on paperwork, greed, bad policy and countervailing goals, turns out to be a fuzzy, toothless collection of anecdotes, a few stunts and a bromide-rich conclusion.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 28, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Here's an issue that transcends politics and speaks to basic human need and collective responsibility; perhaps we need Moore's cudgel to make the case bluntly.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 28, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It works very well.

June 25, 2007
David Denby
New Yorker
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Moore winds up treating the audience the same way that, he says, powerful people treat the weak in America -- as dopes easily satisfied with fairy tales and bland reassurances.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 25, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Sicko is Moore's best film: a documentary that mixes outrage, hope, and gonzo stunts in the right proportions; and that throws an unforgiving spotlight on what is, in both senses, the elephant in the room.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 25, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Why give Moore a free pass just because you support his ideologies? In the end, the real loyalty we owe is to truth.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Whatever anyone's feelings may be about Michael Moore, it's hard to disagree with his argument that health care in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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At the very least, he's raised a warning flag that shouldn't be ignored.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 21, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mr. Moore has hardly been shy about sharing his political beliefs, but he has never before made a film that stated his bedrock ideological principles so clearly and accessibly.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It is quintessential Moore: expertly crafted, eminently entertaining, one-sided and overly simplistic.

June 21, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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What's most striking about Sicko is how composed, even serene it is compared with Michael Moore's previous acts of cinematic insurgency.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

June 20, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Sicko, which takes on America's profoundly profitable and catastrophically inefficient health care system, is Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In a summer of dumb, shameless drivel, Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart. You'll laugh till it hurts.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 13, 2007
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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As both harangue and movie tragicomedy, Sicko is socko.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 24, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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May I introduce a new phrase into the Franglais dictionary? C'Útait un slam-dunk.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 20, 2007
Alissa Simon
Variety
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An affecting and entertaining dissection of the American health care industry, showing how it benefits the few at the expense of the many.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 20, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This is the movie where Michael Moore gets a few Michael Moore haters off his back.

May 20, 2007
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