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Sicko Reviews

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Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
August 5, 2013
In trying to decipher how Michael Moore has achieved his widespread popularity in the face of a somewhat cavalier attitude toward factual precision, there's no underestimating his savvy choice of targets.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 28, 2007
Lots of Sicko stands as boffo political theater, but its major domo lost me by losing his sense of humor.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
The body politic deserves a finer thermometer than Michael Moore's camera
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Soon we realize that Sicko hinges not on what Michael Moore is uncovering, but on what he's hiding. This is a real shame as he's a talented documentary maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
June 28, 2007
Having been chided in the past for getting his facts wrong, this time he just doesn't present very many, preferring anecdotal evidence instead. The healthcare system needs medicine; all Moore has provided is a placebo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 28, 2007
Sicko, an investigation and indictment of a system choking on paperwork, greed, bad policy and countervailing goals, turns out to be a fuzzy, toothless collection of anecdotes, a few stunts and a bromide-rich conclusion.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 20, 2007
The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole.
| Original Score: 1/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 29, 2007
he twists around the truth so messily, it's impossible to know what to believe and what to toss out as utter hogwash
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 26, 2007
In another lifetime, Michael Moore and George W. Bush probably would have been great friends.
June 29, 2007
What's the problem with government health systems? Moore's movie doesn't ask that question, although it does unintentionally provide several answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
June 22, 2007
Full of half-truths (e.g., the French government his characters praise was thrown out of office after the film wrapped), this is just more of Moore's pathetic propaganda
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
July 29, 2015
While Moore's sins aren't nearly as terrible or significant as those of the political system to which he stands opposed, his unabashed tendency to talk down to his audience is symptomatic of our culture of mediocrity.
James Christopher
Times (UK)
May 24, 2007
Moore can't resist over-egging the ironies, or revelling in the absurd. [There's] a strong whiff of sanctimony about Moore's mighty indignation. It draws the sting from his satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2007
Why give Moore a free pass just because you support his ideologies? In the end, the real loyalty we owe is to truth.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 8, 2007
No other major filmmaker patronizes his audience this much.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 25, 2007
Moore winds up treating the audience the same way that, he says, powerful people treat the weak in America -- as dopes easily satisfied with fairy tales and bland reassurances.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 3, 2007
The problem with Sicko isn't that it's wrong, it's that the messenger has become too much like the powers-that-be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Maybe the film will cause a momentary stir and then fade, like Moore's other efforts, because the sickness is not just in the health-care industry but in the system as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
While much of Sicko is certainly propaganda, that should not deter anyone from seeing it or giving some credence to what Moore is saying, because what he is talking about is very real and very important.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 9, 2010
Moore depoliticizes the health care crisis by humanizing it, and drops the polemic in favor of a plea: for us to care about each other a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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