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The Waiting Room Reviews

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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Nicks nets moments that are at turns horrific and touching, redemptive of those seeking treatment and the workers who provide it where no one else will.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

March 14, 2013
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The level of frankness and vulnerability of those featured suggests just how compassionate a filmmaker Nicks (who acted as his own cinematographer) must be.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

For hard-edged documentary snap with the all-important local angle, it would be hard to beat this film.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 13, 2012
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

If people believe Mitt Romney's assertion that emergency rooms are a solution for the uninsured, this is a powerful rebuke.

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

November 29, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A dramatic and inspiring look at a piece of the U.S. health care problem.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

If you want to understand how the American system of health care delivery works for people without employer-sponsored health insurance, I can think of no better introduction than watching Peter Nicks' documentary The Waiting Room.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

March 21, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Grim but enlightening, perhaps required viewing for those who care to debate themselves blue about a crisis they'll never fully understand.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

March 20, 2013
Jennifer Merin
About.com

The galvanizing chronicle of a 24-hour period at the emergency room of a public hospital in Oakland, California.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 16, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Both a depressing indictment of a system that prioritizes health care based on insurance coverage and, at the same time, uplifting, if only because of the extraordinary professionals who keep it going - barely.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

One of 2012's better documentaries... the gut-punch effectiveness of Peter Nicks' film lies in its forthrightness, and how it avoids speechifying.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: A-

February 7, 2013
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Documentary filmmaker [Peter] Nicks provides us with an eye opening work about the life in a day of an ER that makes any reality TV pale in comparison.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 24, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

recalls Frederick Wiseman with voice overs...an engrossing, eye opening look at the mess American healthcare is in, the heroics involved in propping it up and the endurance necessary these days to be sick without insurance.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

November 20, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie observes the general misery of needing serious medical treatment and the particular awfulness of needing medical treatment you can't pay for.

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

November 29, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it's working or not.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 15, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

September 26, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is human drama at its most intense and universal. This is the rare film that can change the way you think and see the world.

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

October 18, 2012
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Nicks has clearly studied fellow documentarian Frederick Wiseman's institutional chronicles.

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

September 25, 2012
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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"The Waiting Room" doesn't have [the] answers, but it does tap into the heart and soul of what's so critically at stake.

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

October 18, 2012
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