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The Waiting Room Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
It's a vivid portrait of the crisis in health care policy, with the caregivers and clinic itself as much on life support as the sick people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2013
A moving portrait of people doing their jobs under very difficult circumstances - and, in virtually every moment we see, doing them with efficiency, wisdom and compassion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 30, 2012
Eloquently portrays the faults and limitations of the American health care system, even as it punctures some of the most toxic stereotypes surrounding it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Serena Donadoni
indieWIRE
October 25, 2012
The Waiting Room is beautifully filmed and masterfully edited, but feels too careful and polished to have the emotional impact of activist filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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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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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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October 3, 2012
The Waiting Room is often dryly funny; it's very tense at times; it's emotional, and it's not didactic, which it easily could have been. It is frustrating, to be sure, but that's sort of the point.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 3, 2012
A rock-solid verite docu.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2012
Waiting Room never seems to be shoving its moral perspective down viewers' throats.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
A revealing portrait of the often tough transactions between patients and hospital staff at the urgency level.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 27, 2012
Among its many other distinctions, The Waiting Room stands as a powerful refutation of Romney's conception of emergency rooms as a reasonable, or even vaguely acceptable, option for the uninsured.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 26, 2012
Urgent and upsetting ...
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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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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
What makes The Waiting Room worth visiting is how well it does without the usual narcotizing doc tactics.
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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