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Sicko Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
There's plenty of grandstanding, most of it very funny. And in this instance, all that sizzle is selling the steak.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2007
If other countries can provide their people with universal health care, why can't we? If we can't, who are we?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Though the focus occasionally strays, the film emerges as a fascinating exploration and powerful indictment of a pressing national problem. This is Moore's biggest, best and most impassioned work.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 19, 2007
'Sicko' is a quieter, more focused and less feral beast than its predecessor, 'Fahrenheit 9/11', but that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 18, 2007
One may quibble with Mr. Moore's anecdotal oversimplifications and his xenophilic fantasies, but he has struck a socio-psychic nerve in the body politic, generating a feeling of outrage that seems to be reverberating in every theater.
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July 15, 2007
This is a movie to see in a theater. It'a group experience. All through the show you'll hear people laughing, crying, muttering, cheering, sighing, swearing, and gasping. And at the end, chances are they'll be on their feet applauding.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 29, 2007
Sicko is worth seeing -- as long as the big grain of salt needed for it is put on more than just the popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 29, 2007
Even Moore's worst ideological enemies would be hard put to dispute the basic argument of his new film Sicko: The American health-care system is a sick joke and has been for a very long time.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 29, 2007
Moore has finally made a moving, whimsical, infuriating film that won't just infuriate the right-wingers who've made a cottage industry out of hating him nor sing to the liberal choir who supports even his shadiest arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2007
Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Newsweek
June 29, 2007
"Who are we?" might be a better (if less jazzy) title for Sicko, Michael Moore's two-hour meditation on the sickly qualities of American health care.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 29, 2007
Moore may play loose with the facts, but you don't have to believe every frame in the movie to come away thinking that the message in Sicko is not only worthwhile, it is also inarguable.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2007
A great piece of populist outrage and a dangerously good comedy about a looming American tragedy, as Moore details the lock-hold on American health care by drug and insurance companies, and the eagerness of politicians to be bought into submission by them
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2007
Michael Moore's latest documentary-as-soapbox-vituperation is a damning, touching, darkly comical exposÚ on the United States health-care system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2007
It's doubtful even Michael Moore would claim Sicko as the last word on the subject. But it is a first word -- a very loud first word -- and while it may have been said better, at least Moore said it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 29, 2007
Moore could open a lot of eyes with Sicko but as the song says, we don't need another hero, especially one self-proclaimed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 29, 2007
Sicko is a teaspoonful of documentary sugar in a summer of popcorn salt.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2007
Raise your hand if you've had any Kafka-like health insurance dilemmas. Yes, that's a lot of hands. And as it turns out, at least one has been severed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2007
Moore's films usually make conservatives angry. This one is likely to strike home with anyone, left or right, who has had serious illness in the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 29, 2007
Sicko is Moore's best, most focused movie to date -- much more persuasive than the enraged and self-righteous Fahrenheit 9/11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
June 29, 2007
It's not impossible that this bitterly funny, bitterly sad call to alms could move reform back up the political agenda. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2007
Michael Moore takes aim at his easiest target to date, and no doubt the hit he scores will become a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2007
We Americans inevitably feel we know the best way to do everything, but the great accomplishment of Sicko is that it is difficult to watch this slyly confrontational film and remain sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2007
Sicko, the professional provocateur's most accomplished and fervent film, is what the movie doc prescribes for temporary relief from the chronic headache that is the American health-care system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2007
The film is an alternately depressing and uplifting experience, a documentary whose ironies -- taking sick Americans to Cuba for cheaper, better health care -- won't be lost on anybody.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2007
Sicko is Moore's most satisfying and mature film, with few cheap shots or transparent publicity stunts.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2007
It may incite lawmakers in a position to help to trumpet their faux proletarian credentials.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 28, 2007
This is essential viewing -- informative, corrosive, and even sometimes hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2007
A better, more focused effort than Fahrenheit 9/11 or Bowling for Columbine.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2007
A compelling, tear-jerking look at a vital piece of our infrastructure gone awry.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 28, 2007
Sicko represents Moore's most mature work as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 28, 2007
Here's an issue that transcends politics and speaks to basic human need and collective responsibility; perhaps we need Moore's cudgel to make the case bluntly.
| Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 25, 2007
It works very well.
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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 25, 2007
Sicko is Moore's best film: a documentary that mixes outrage, hope, and gonzo stunts in the right proportions; and that throws an unforgiving spotlight on what is, in both senses, the elephant in the room.
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 22, 2007
Whatever anyone's feelings may be about Michael Moore, it's hard to disagree with his argument that health care in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 21, 2007
At the very least, he's raised a warning flag that shouldn't be ignored.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 21, 2007
Mr. Moore has hardly been shy about sharing his political beliefs, but he has never before made a film that stated his bedrock ideological principles so clearly and accessibly.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 21, 2007
It is quintessential Moore: expertly crafted, eminently entertaining, one-sided and overly simplistic.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 21, 2007
What's most striking about Sicko is how composed, even serene it is compared with Michael Moore's previous acts of cinematic insurgency.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 20, 2007
Sicko, which takes on America's profoundly profitable and catastrophically inefficient health care system, is Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2007
In a summer of dumb, shameless drivel, Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart. You'll laugh till it hurts.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2007
As both harangue and movie tragicomedy, Sicko is socko.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 20, 2007
May I introduce a new phrase into the Franglais dictionary? C'Útait un slam-dunk.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
May 20, 2007
An affecting and entertaining dissection of the American health care industry, showing how it benefits the few at the expense of the many.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2007
This is the movie where Michael Moore gets a few Michael Moore haters off his back.