Extraordinary Measures (2010)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Despite a timely topic and a pair of heavyweight leads, Extraordinary Measures never feels like much more than a made-for-TV tearjerker.

Extraordinary Measures Videos

Extraordinary Measures Photos

Movie Info

Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. Crowley teams up with scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system -- and time. But, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test.
Rating:
PG (for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Dr. Robert Stonehill
Brendan Fraser
as John Crowley
Keri Russell
as Aileen Crowley
Meredith Droeger
as Megan Crowley
Diego Velázquez
as Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall
as John Crowley Jr.
Jared Harris
as Dr. Kent Weber
Patrick Bauchau
as CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck
as Pete Sutphen
David Clennon
as Dr. Renzler
Courtney B. Vance
as Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire
as Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne
as Dr. Preston
Andrea White
as Dr. Allegria
Vu Pham
as Vinh Tran
Derek Webster
as Cal Dunning
Jana Lee Hamblin
as Renzler Scientist #1
Shelly Lipkin
as Senior Scientist
Chris Harder
as Researcher
Eric Derovanessian
as Security Officer
Patricia Ferguson
as Reception Nurse
Jeanette McMahon
as Day Nurse (Jana)
Tra'Renee Chambers
as Night Nurse (Marcy)
Kimberly Howard
as ICU Nurse
Lily Mariye
as Dr. Waldman
Sherilyn Lawson
as Day Nurse (Kate)
Eric Martin Reid
as ICU Doctor
Sharonlee McLean
as Stonehill's Secretary
Jeanine Jackson
as Nell Madden
Gavin Bristol
as Webber's Assistant
Robert Blanche
as Armed Guard
Olga Sanchez
as Pediatric Nurse
Chrisse Roccaro
as Mega Store Cashier
Michael Shamberg
as Renzler Venture Capitalist #1
John Crowley
as Renzler Venture Capitalist #2
Christopher Desmond Williams
as Security Officer #2
Melanie Sanders
as ICU Nurse #2
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (36)

Harrison Ford still retains enough of his old movie star magic to ramp up the electricity a bit when he's onscreen, but this only makes you want to see him do something that makes better use of his gifts. Brendan Fraser just seems to grow bigger over the

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Moderately illuminating in parts, but the clichà (C)s of cinematic suffering tend to overwhelm it.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

There's something off-putting about this film's optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It sometimes feels like one of those "disease of the week" TV movies from the 1970s.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's about as dramatically taut as your garden-variety board meeting. And it makes you realize that jerking a tear or two isn't necessarily a bad thing for a filmmaker to do, if it at least keeps your audience awake.

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
Salon.com
Top Critic

Anyway, I cried. A lot. What can I say? I'm a sucker for kids on ventilators.

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

½

Its an okay movie. Ford and Fraser are good strong leads with a good supporting cast. The storyline is okay and although based on a true story i dont think its really a best movie maker, should just of stayed for tv movie. its a nice enough heart warming, if not inspiring movie of one dads motivation to cure his kids,but this movie is only 'okay' and is okay enough to watch on a sunday afternoon.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Taking a break from trying to amuse the kids with forgettable family films, Brendan Fraser is trying to save the kids with tolerable family drama. The first feature made by CBS Films, Extraordinary Measures is largely bereft of the mawkish excess of recent kids-with-cancer slog Matching Jack. Sick children and Crowley's (Fraser) selfless wife Aileen (Keri Russell) often disappear, leaving us with starstruck Fraser and Harrison Ford arguing, or fighting the power. Jared Harris is suitably terse as a cold-hearted pharmaceutical "suit", yet professionally crabby Ford ensures that those on the front line of medicine aren't whitewashed as altruistic saints. This is terribly tense - or draining, even with Fraser's constant effort to prove he's a serious performer by bugging his eyes in a serious manner. But being unaffected by the prime objective is impossible.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Poor acting by Frasier and Ford, no real focus on the disease that the kids suffer from and many pointless scenes that seem to just extend the movie and do nothing else.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss Extraordinary Measures on our Movie forum!

News & Features