Critical Care (1997)



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In this hospital satire, second-year resident Dr. Werner Ernst winds up in the middle of a dispute between two sisters who are debating whether or not to pull the plug on their wealthy father. Soon events swivel from the money-mad medical mire to equally murky legalistics.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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James Spader
as Dr. Werner Ernst
Kyra Sedgwick
as Felicia Potter
Helen Mirren
as Stella
Margo Martindale
as Connie Potter
Jeffrey Wright
as Bed Two
Wallace Shawn
as Furnaceman
Albert Brooks
as Dr. Butz
Philip Bosco
as Dr. Hofstader
Edward Herrmann
as Robert Payne
Colm Feore
as Wilson
James Lally
as Poindexter
Harvey Atkin
as Judge Fatale
Al Waxman
as Sheldon Hatchett
Hamish McEwan
as Hansen
Jackie Richardson
as Mrs. Steckler
Conrad Coates
as Dr. Miller
Bruno Dessler
as Potter
Caroline Nielson
as Luscious Nurse
Kay Hawtry
as Dr. Butz's Secretary
Don Carmody
as Maitre d'
Kim Roberts
as Intern No. 1
Naomi Blicker
as Intern No. 2
Merwin Mondesir
as Head Injury
Bruce Hemmings
as Orderly
Paul Brown
as Insurance Man
Michael Colton
as The Boy
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Critic Reviews for Critical Care

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic emerges as a magically entertaining blend of heart, soul, mind, wit, farce and, finally, an idyllic idealism.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
New York Observer
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Critical Care

Lumet tries to do for the US healthcare system what he did for the television industry with Network, but it's lacking bite.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

it?s been about 10 years since the last time i watched this. i thought i remembered it being funny, but now it only makes me glad i don?t have health insurance.

laurie e
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