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The Waiting Room Reviews

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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
For hard-edged documentary snap with the all-important local angle, it would be hard to beat this film.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 21, 2013
A dramatic and inspiring look at a piece of the U.S. health care problem.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
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
Brian Orndorf
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+
Jennifer Merin
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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 20, 2012
recalls Frederick Wiseman with voice 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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 25, 2012
Nicks has clearly studied fellow documentarian Frederick Wiseman's institutional chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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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