Code Black

2013, Documentary/Drama, 1h 22m

42 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Impassioned and infuriating, Code Black awakens viewers to an endemic problem with no clear solution. Read critic reviews

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Resident physician Ryan McGarry provides a close-up look at the inner workings of the treatment of trauma patients at one of America's busiest emergency rooms.

Cast & Crew

Alison Martin
Lily Taniston
William "Billy" Mallon
Mark Jonathan Harris
Executive Producer
Marti Noxon
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Edward Newton
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William "Billy" Mallon
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Jan Shoenberger
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Matthew Damron
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Diku Mandavia
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Nelson Hume
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Joshua Altman
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James Lavino
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (5)

  • Like most documentary makers addressing the health care crisis, McGarry can't begin to get his arms around the whole problem; this works best as a highly subjective account of a small portion of it.

    September 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It sticks halos (probably well-deserved) atop the heads of its doctors, it goes for poignant moments without being all that poignant and ends up bemoaning without seriously suggesting any concrete paths to improvement.

    August 22, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us.

    August 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Code Black" shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system, but it remains in the dark about why that system is broken and how it can be fixed.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Code Black is a riveting document despite its tendency to jackrabbit around in its themes and personalities.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film refuses polemic, grants access, and mostly steers clear of the heartstrings in its effort to humanize those on both sides of the institutional front line.

    July 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like most documentary makers addressing the health care crisis, McGarry can't begin to get his arms around the whole problem; this works best as a highly subjective account of a small portion of it.

    September 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It sticks halos (probably well-deserved) atop the heads of its doctors, it goes for poignant moments without being all that poignant and ends up bemoaning without seriously suggesting any concrete paths to improvement.

    August 22, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us.

    August 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Code Black" shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system, but it remains in the dark about why that system is broken and how it can be fixed.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An effective and involving documentary feature.

    September 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…
  • Code Black makes the case that ... health care in America is on life support, but it doesn't offer much hope for a cure.

    July 18, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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