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  1. Jul 7, 2014
    I completely disagree with most of the critics that believe that this documentary is compelling or remotely deep in any sense. I felt that the director dedicated 90 minutes to create a "yearbook" of his residence and his friends. The film was the cinematographic equivalent to the physician's facebook newsfeed. There was little critical social commentary, and when there was, it sounded old, repetitive, empty. Too much idealization of the ER physician. I would like to see a follow up in 5 years and see how many of these altruist doctors are actually doing any altruistic work. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 1, 2014
    Code Black is sobering stuff. The American health system, McGarry's film argues, is broken. But the film is undeniably inspiring, too: Despite everything that is wrong, there are nurses and doctors and technicians determined to do things right.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jul 31, 2014
    Code Black shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system, but it remains in the dark about why that system is broken and how it can be fixed.
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 30, 2014
    For the most part, Code Black is a riveting document despite its tendency to jackrabbit around in its themes and personalities.