Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.
  2. 91
    Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
  3. Michael Moore intelligently, comically and incisively diagnoses and calls for the treatment of a sick U.S. health care system.
  4. Sicko is likely Moore's most important, most impressive, most provocative film, and it's different from his others in significant ways.
  5. Though we will differ on the methods of improving the American health care system, Sicko's enduring contribution is the undeniable evidence that the system is broken. If the film brings the debate out into the open of our movie lobbies and living rooms, it can’t be long before the conversation trickles into the corridors of Congress.
  6. 88
    In a summer of dumb, shameless drivel, Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart. You'll laugh till it hurts.
  7. 88
    I have only one complaint, and it is this: Every American should be as fortunate as I have been. As Moore makes clear in his film, some 50 million Americans have no insurance and no way to get it.
  8. Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.
  9. It is not a polemic but a plea.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Highly entertaining and informative.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sicko is Moore's best, most focused movie to date -- much more persuasive than the enraged and self-righteous "Fahrenheit 9/11."
  12. The Cuban escapade, designed to provoke, backfires when he loses focus by including Cuban firefighters in an homage to 9/11 first responders.
  13. With less lampooning and satirical asides, Sicko may be less "entertaining" than Moore's previous films, but it's also more affecting and effective.
  14. Barring a middle-class revolt, it's extremely unlikely that, whatever its virtues, universal healthcare could ever take hold in America. Still, I'm glad Moore made his film.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 230 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 129
  1. May 28, 2011
    Sicko is a rather difficult film to critically analyse and rate. On the one hand it is simply amazing and utterly necessary for American (and world) society. Moore beautifully portrays the problems and issues behind the situation in the U.S. health care system. The U.S. is fundamentally inhumane when it comes to health care, and whether most Americans are willing to admit that, Moore plows that point across with fierce dedication.
    On the other hand, to prove his point, he glosses over the problems that people in his case study countries - Cuba, Canada, UK, France - actually experience. With an obvious bias, Moore does not even try to show us the negative sides of the health care in the other countries. His "typical middle class French family" is not quite as typical as he might want us to believe. Or that British doctor is not necessarily a 100% representative of all British or European doctors, who most certainly do not live in $1 million houses & apartments. However, Moore does manage to bring a human aspect to the film, and give it a soul that many documentaries fail at. For that reason, and for the fact that he is addressing an issue that is in urgent need of addressing, this film does deserve quite a high rating. And, when it comes to his bias - well, documentaries are always biased. They never claim to represent the "truth" for they are always made with an intent, that cannot be fully objective. And Moore quite certainly recognises that, and just as he did with "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," he unrelentingly pursues his point across. Excellent documentary!
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  2. Mar 30, 2011
    Just so you know, everyone that ranked this movie 0 points never watched the movie, they're just brainwashed Republicans that hate America. That being said, this move is eye-opening and was the reason people started talking about Healthcare, something American needs badly. Watch it and learn. Buy it and support M. Moore because that man has done so much for so many. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2010
    Just like many of his work, Michael takes a very real issue and uses exageration and a pretty childish approach that only hurts the people trying to push for these changes. Full Review »