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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 8, 2012
This swiftly paced documentary assembles expert talking heads and real-world patients and practitioners to discuss defusing the ticking time bomb of American health care costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 5, 2012
A more sweeping look at the assumptions behind American healthcare
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 8, 2012
Suffers from some jumbled editing, but has the benefit of enormously sympathetic subjects, and rather persuasively suggests a collective societal myopia on the subject of health care.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 6, 2012
Dry doings but certainly important and thorough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 5, 2012
It's enough to raise one's blood pressure, if it weren't elevated already.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2012
There's no escaping the fact that the sheer profusion of similarly-themed efforts in recent years reduces their individual impact.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 5, 2012
"Escape Fire" will be a learning and thought provoking experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 5, 2012
One of those rare gems that concentrates on solutions to a problem rather than just hopelessly presenting one.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 5, 2012
Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's sobering, often infuriating documentary about medical care in 21st-century America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 4, 2012
The most compelling parts of the film talk about how the military, dealing with injured and traumatized soldiers from two wars, is in the vanguard of trying new treatments that help patients and save money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
October 4, 2012
Health care is a difficult subject to make compelling onscreen -- much less in a nonpartisan manner -- which makes Escape Fire a documentary with major breakout potential.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2012
The film is surprisingly optimistic, arguing that there are genuine, practical answers to many of the problems afflicting the system, and some are already being adopted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 4, 2012
Ninety-five straight minutes of information and perspective that will clarify many of the lingering doubts you may have about your medical treatment. Briskly paced, always engaging, and never dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
Arranged in a handful of clear, concise chapters, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" turns an unwieldy, Medusa-headed topic into a convincingly humane argument for change.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2012
Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 4, 2012
This is the movie equivalent of watching someone walk on hot coals, but for 98 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
There are neither enough personal histories nor enough proposed solutions to spark any significant debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2012
The first hospital visit for many sick Americans is to an emergency room, the most expensive and hurried care available.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2012
A condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore's Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
Escape Fire winds up feeling like only one half of a larger argument.
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