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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    The whole thing ends with an urgent plea to visit the movie's site, which is partially devoted to The Issues, which involve such topics as "overmedication," "overtreatment," and "reimbursement."
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    88
    When we speak of "American health care," we should in fact be calling it "American sickness care." There's more money to be made in making people sick and healing them than in keeping them well in the first place. The documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare makes this argument with stunning clarity.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 4, 2012
    80
    Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 4, 2012
    60
    This impassioned documentary is well-intentioned and admirable in its aims, but overreaching and therefore lacking impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 4, 2012
    75
    That the movie largely sidesteps partisan politics will no doubt irk some viewers, but may just be its greatest strength.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 6, 2012
    70
    The bottom line: The impact of this forceful indictment of our healthcare system is lessened by the sheer ubiquity of similarly-themed documentaries.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 4, 2012
    70
    Advocating freedom from a system that "doesn't want you to die and doesn't want you to get well," this hard-hitting film leaves us finally more hopeful than despairing.
  8. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Oct 6, 2012
    83
    Ultimately, while 'Escape Fire' proposes numerous options for changing the system-- getting Medicare to cover healthy lifestyle counseling programs, incentivizing doctors to spend time with patients, and patients to empower their own health-- the one that is most poignant is that people should spend the time to take care of each other.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Oct 2, 2012
    70
    Lacking the outrage and wit of Michael Moore's "Sicko," which dealt with the different matter of health insurance, this documentary is stronger on finding viable solutions.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 2, 2012
    50
    Escape Fire winds up feeling like only one half of a larger argument.

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