CBS Films | Release Date: January 22, 2010
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Generally favorable reviews based on 32 Ratings
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JamesH.Jun 7, 2010
It is an inspiring story and very well meaning, but it is so bogged down with extremely stereotypical characters and contains every cliche in the book, therefore it leaves nothing original for the viewer to enjoy. It relies too much on It is an inspiring story and very well meaning, but it is so bogged down with extremely stereotypical characters and contains every cliche in the book, therefore it leaves nothing original for the viewer to enjoy. It relies too much on manipulating the audience with melodrama, rather than to offer originality. The performers try, and they do well with what they have. Well produced. It may be based on fact, but I wasn't convinced in the least. Expand
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StephenG.Feb 14, 2010
This was very medicore. Although the peformances were Ok..., this movie is good for doctors who love to hear facts about medical procedures. Unfournately, no one else really wants to see a movie almost all about facts about a girl's body.
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MarcoJan 22, 2010
This is a stinker. Brendan Fraser is stiff and awkward. Harrison Ford's loud overacting is an embarrassment. Kerri Russell is fine, but the script gives her nothing much to work with. This could have been a gripping movie in the hands This is a stinker. Brendan Fraser is stiff and awkward. Harrison Ford's loud overacting is an embarrassment. Kerri Russell is fine, but the script gives her nothing much to work with. This could have been a gripping movie in the hands of someone competent, but Tom Vaughn's version is a dumbed-down production that is just painful to sit through. Expand
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MarkV.Jan 30, 2010
Wow! Great movie. One of the best I've ever seen. Way better than I expected. This is a wonderful example of real storytelling. Not the fake stuff where CGI and violence are mistaken for "good storytelling." Such a refreshing cinematic Wow! Great movie. One of the best I've ever seen. Way better than I expected. This is a wonderful example of real storytelling. Not the fake stuff where CGI and violence are mistaken for "good storytelling." Such a refreshing cinematic experience. I was pleasantly surprised. Fraser, Ford and the young actress Droeger all gave outstanding performances. I found Fraser very believable as the father. This is the best work I've ever seen from him. He did a fantastic job conveying the emotions of a father who knows he could lose his children at any moment, but is determined to save them at all costs. His performance was so subtle and very realistic. Droeger was adorable! She really stood out. Meredith Droeger. Remember that name. The kid's got major talent. Ford was good also. He nailed the role of a grumpy, anti-social scientist. That's the character... and Ford nailed it. I'll definitely be seeing this one again. I wish Hollywood would make more films like this that reflect the best parts of humanity. This is a movie that was perfectly scripted, perfectly cast, and perfectly acted. Based on a true story. Love it! Beautiful. Fantastic movie. Expand
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ChadSJan 24, 2010
Since neither Harrison Ford nor Brendan Fraser speak in a thick Italian accent, how could "Extraordinary Measures" ever begin to measure up with George Miller's much-lauded "Lorenzo's Oil"? It can't, but that's okay, Since neither Harrison Ford nor Brendan Fraser speak in a thick Italian accent, how could "Extraordinary Measures" ever begin to measure up with George Miller's much-lauded "Lorenzo's Oil"? It can't, but that's okay, since this story about the cure for Pompei disease will absorb the moviegoer, despite both actors' boring American accents, with its pointed depiction of the politics and commerce that comes with the territory of the drug manufacturing business. For the most part, such misshapen priorities practiced by these biochemical overseers help transform the inevitable melodrama generated by the Crowleys(Fraser and Keri Russell) and their dying moppets into real drama, because most people are sick and tired of greedy corporate types. John Crowley, a corporate suit himself, knows how the game is played, in which saving lives can sometimes be an afterthought to the more pressing matter of long-term profitability. He plays the game. Dr. Stonehill(Harrison Ford), the scientist that John recruits from the University of Nebraska, on the other hand, abhors compromise, and it's this dynamic between the commonsensiblist and the naif that drives this imperfect film toward near-transcendence of the made-for-television trappings that the sick child sub-genre of "chick-flicks" entails. Apart from the visual flair of the "Mad Max" helmer, what really busted "Lorenzo's Oil" out from the Lifetime movie ghetto were the harrowing scenes that depicted the boy's degenerative ailment as a trial of hellish proportions, which went beyond the by-the-numbers emotional manipulation of doomed children battling their oncoming untimely demises. The moviegoer felt Lorenzo's pain, and the parents' pain, in spades, because the kid really looked like he was dying. The filmmaker wasn't going for a die-cute, like the little boy in "Extraordinary Measures" who can't throw bread to a pond full of ducks, or the little girl who needs help winning a stuffed penguin from a carnival game. Only the hardest of hearts, however, won't respond to this shameless, but effective attempt, to garner audience sympathy. So while rallying moviegoers to root for dying children is like shooting fish in a barrel, "Extraordinary Measures" does manage to put capitalism on trial, in scenes such as the one where John takes desperate measures to save his children, after he's told what is and what's not cost-efficient. Expand
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DeborahR.Jan 26, 2010
Very emotional with a pretty accurate view of the walls and barriers that seem impossible to overcome...what a story to tell and it was done well with incredible photography of the pacific northwest and the other locations. powerful on Very emotional with a pretty accurate view of the walls and barriers that seem impossible to overcome...what a story to tell and it was done well with incredible photography of the pacific northwest and the other locations. powerful on multiple levels. Expand
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christianbMar 21, 2010
A very moving film showing what parent's love can do. Fraser, Ford and the young actress Droeger play so right, they help to believe that true story.
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JacksonC.Jun 13, 2010
Good, but not as good as i thought it would be. at times, it was slow.
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IsaacVJun 8, 2010
very uplifting and inspirational.
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EvanB.Jan 23, 2010
Fantastic movie! Hollywood should make more inspirational films like this that the whole family can enjoy. Well done!
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BobS.Jan 28, 2010
Grade A garbage.
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MikeS.Jan 31, 2010
A moving film that kept me interested. A must see in my opinion.
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MikeB.May 17, 2010
Is this the one where Gene Hackman gives Hugh Grant a nosebleed?
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Forrestgump1Oct 9, 2010
"This is one Terrific movie from start to finish this movie Grips! you with very compelling performances by Brendan Frasier and Harrison Ford .. this is a true tear-jerker , Excellent movie .. , this is a truly Hopeful and Uprising and very"This is one Terrific movie from start to finish this movie Grips! you with very compelling performances by Brendan Frasier and Harrison Ford .. this is a true tear-jerker , Excellent movie .. , this is a truly Hopeful and Uprising and very inspirational film" .. A Expand
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PhabtarNov 2, 2010
Can't see anything wrong with this one. Very moving indeed. But it kind of misses something. Not very effective or with a huge impact. Just normal. Brendan Fraser sucks as usual. Well less compared with the other ones he's been in. AndCan't see anything wrong with this one. Very moving indeed. But it kind of misses something. Not very effective or with a huge impact. Just normal. Brendan Fraser sucks as usual. Well less compared with the other ones he's been in. And obviously Ford is a plus. So can't complain that much. Expand
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dierregiAug 10, 2014
I do not find movie about sick children entertaining, Even less so, if based on a real story of suffering. I stumbled upon this movie on TV and thinking it was a thriller I started watching it. Big mistake. Turned out this was the “fictional”I do not find movie about sick children entertaining, Even less so, if based on a real story of suffering. I stumbled upon this movie on TV and thinking it was a thriller I started watching it. Big mistake. Turned out this was the “fictional” version of the story of a rich guy with two children, sick with a rare genetic disease and his efforts to save them. Very noble in the intent, but noble intents do not necessarily make good movies. If anything, this is a very manipulative one, in between the fine line dividing inspirational and delusional. A documentary would have been more appropriate. Brendan Fraser never looked puffier. Expand
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