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The Waiting Room Reviews

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March 14, 2013
Nicks nets moments that are at turns horrific and touching, redemptive of those seeking treatment and the workers who provide it where no one else will.
September 26, 2012
Documents emotionally charged interactions between patients and hospital staff without any signs that the subjects are being made to feel self-conscious or that they're behavior is being affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2013
The level of frankness and vulnerability of those featured suggests just how compassionate a filmmaker Nicks (who acted as his own cinematographer) must be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2012
For hard-edged documentary snap with the all-important local angle, it would be hard to beat this film.
November 29, 2012
If people believe Mitt Romney's assertion that emergency rooms are a solution for the uninsured, this is a powerful rebuke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2013
A dramatic and inspiring look at a piece of the U.S. health care problem.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2013
If you want to understand how the American system of health care delivery works for people without employer-sponsored health insurance, I can think of no better introduction than watching Peter Nicks' documentary The Waiting Room.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 20, 2013
Grim but enlightening, perhaps required viewing for those who care to debate themselves blue about a crisis they'll never fully understand.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 16, 2012
The galvanizing chronicle of a 24-hour period at the emergency room of a public hospital in Oakland, California.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 17, 2013
Both a depressing indictment of a system that prioritizes health care based on insurance coverage and, at the same time, uplifting, if only because of the extraordinary professionals who keep it going - barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2013
One of 2012's better documentaries... the gut-punch effectiveness of Peter Nicks' film lies in its forthrightness, and how it avoids speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 24, 2012
Documentary filmmaker [Peter] Nicks provides us with an eye opening work about the life in a day of an ER that makes any reality TV pale in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 20, 2012
recalls Frederick Wiseman with voice overs...an engrossing, eye opening look at the mess American healthcare is in, the heroics involved in propping it up and the endurance necessary these days to be sick without insurance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 29, 2012
The movie observes the general misery of needing serious medical treatment and the particular awfulness of needing medical treatment you can't pay for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2012
Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it's working or not.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 26, 2012
By removing any editorial screen, it confronts you head-on with human suffering that a more humane and equitable system might help alleviate.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2012
This is human drama at its most intense and universal. This is the rare film that can change the way you think and see the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2012
There's more to it than a black-and-white political conclusion, and the laundry list of California documentary heroes in the credits suggests this film is humanist before it's agenda driven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2012
Nicks has clearly studied fellow documentarian Frederick Wiseman's institutional chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2012
"The Waiting Room" doesn't have [the] answers, but it does tap into the heart and soul of what's so critically at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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