The Waiting Room Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 15, 2012
Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it's working or not.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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October 3, 2012
The Waiting Room is often dryly funny; it's very tense at times; it's emotional, and it's not didactic, which it easily could have been. It is frustrating, to be sure, but that's sort of the point.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 3, 2012
A rock-solid verite docu.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 3, 2012
As impossible as each day must seem, for doctors, nurses, and patients, the waiting room is an ongoing process.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2012
Waiting Room never seems to be shoving its moral perspective down viewers' throats.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
September 28, 2012
This vivid portrait of a public hospital's emergency room captures in microcosm the current state of the American healthcare system. It ain't pretty.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
A revealing portrait of the often tough transactions between patients and hospital staff at the urgency level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 27, 2012
Among its many other distinctions, The Waiting Room stands as a powerful refutation of Romney's conception of emergency rooms as a reasonable, or even vaguely acceptable, option for the uninsured.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 26, 2012
Urgent and upsetting ...
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
September 26, 2012
Documents emotionally charged interactions between patients and hospital staff without any signs that the subjects are being made to feel self-conscious or that they're behavior is being affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 26, 2012
By removing any editorial screen, it confronts you head-on with human suffering that a more humane and equitable system might help alleviate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
What makes The Waiting Room worth visiting is how well it does without the usual narcotizing doc tactics.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 25, 2012
Nicks has clearly studied fellow documentarian Frederick Wiseman's institutional chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
July 19, 2012
There's more to it than a black-and-white political conclusion, and the laundry list of California documentary heroes in the credits suggests this film is humanist before it's agenda driven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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