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Medical resident Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) aspires to help sick people, but is constantly warned by his mentor, Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks), to treat only patients with good insurance coverage. Soon, Ernst must deal with two sisters, Felicia (Kyra Sedgwick) and Connie (Margo Martindale), who are arguing over the proper treatment for their ill father. Although he tries to remain uninvolved, Ernst finds himself attracted to Felicia, though he suspects both women are really after money.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

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  • Jul 14, 2013
    Lumet tries to do for the US healthcare system what he did for the television industry with Network, but it's lacking bite.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2010
    Not bad medical drama hampered by the fact that for a great deal of the film Spader's character behaves like an idiot. This isn't the actor's fault, he gives as good a performance as possible considering the actions forced on him by the script. He is certainly supported by a high quality cast in almost every role. Kyra Sedgwick is annoying and not terribly convincing but she is the lone sore spot. Helen Mirren is wonderful as an understanding and compassionate nurse and Albert Brooks a stitch as a loony doctor well past his sell by date. The script has many holes but it does make a strong plea for doctors seeing patients as people not just science projects and sources of income.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2007
    An opinionated, yet relevant analysis of medical ethics.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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