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  • Summary: Sicko, filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary, sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and true one-man approach, Moore sheds lights on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. (The Weinstein Company)
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.
  2. 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.
  3. It is not a polemic but a plea.
  4. The only country in the Western world without a universal system – is indeed Sicko. But if that social wound is gapingly obvious, so is this documentary.
  5. 75
    Sicko occasionally returns to Bush, but it doles out the smacks equally on both sides of the political spectrum (Sen. Hillary Clinton gets hers, too).
  6. 70
    Sicko Is flawed and occasionally stretches to make its point, but the movie's message speaks for itself.
  7. 25
    The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is not liberal or conservative, either; it's a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole. His documentaries are political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or a fourth Stooge.

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  1. Negative: 16 out of 129
  1. ChrisD.
    Apr 9, 2008
    I was very surprised at this movie, it is a very effective documentary of the various health care systems of the world. Many will say that Moore is at it again, but I think he has shown (again) what a remarkable filmmaker he really is. I wept during one scene, and I never weep (maybe get teary every once in a awhile...), it was devastating to see and hear these horrible incidences happening to regular, hardworking people. You can say what you will about Michael Moore (I don't agree with some of his positions personally), but his movie has done an excellent job of exposing our country's completely broken and corrupt system of health care, and hopefully the dialog surrounding this movie will move politicians to rethink their position on universal health care. Expand
  2. JohnW.
    Jul 6, 2007
    A definite wake up call for the health industry. That it will not be business as usual for this profit driven industry. Where it puts profits in front of care. We are the greatest nation in the world, but yet we cannot provide even the basic of care to someone who needs it. Hard hitting fantastic. Loved it. Expand
  3. BitBurn
    Aug 26, 2007
    Disturbing, heartfelt, artistic, chocking, sad, funny, I have never seen such an entertaining documentary with so much importance...exceptionally scary. Expand
  4. TonyS.
    Jun 29, 2007
    I'm not surprised that most of the negative reviews failed to mention anything that takes place in the film. For once in a longtime Moore has made a Non-Partisan film. Even Fox News gave this film a rave review (Though maybe to proud to post it here). I new our (America's) health care system was so poor...I didn't know it was that poor. I didn't know Cuba had free Heath Care. I didn't know that France had a free heath care system. The only problem I had with this film is that Moore sometimes tries to sneak in rehashed ideas from Fahrenheit 9/11. While Moore suffered a defeat after that film, I doubt it will be the case this time around. Expand
  5. ShannonP.
    Jun 29, 2007
    Moore does an excellent job in presenting a "big picture" of managed care: the basic problems and their origins. He also succeeds in making the viewer believe there may be alternatives that can work much better, as reflected in the Canadian, British, and French systems. He is covering so much territory, however, that the individual stories of patients affected by managed care are not fully developed to the point that the human cost can be fully felt or appreciated. The last part of the movie, connecting 911 with health care in Cuba, seems almost like a separate movie--but is nonetheless entertaining. Overall, although not a complete "artistic" triumph, and hardly "objective," this movie will likely have a much bigger long-term affect on public opinion and policy than Moore's prior efforts. Expand
  6. RaniS
    Jul 8, 2007
    This movie pissed me off and made me want to cry at the same time. Michael Moore was able to assemble all of the scattered pieces of a health care horror tale that have been out there for a long time. It is about time that someone did it. While I do not believe that all sides of the arguments he was making were represented to the fullest extent, I am not sure if it is because that is what is true or if it is just what I want to believe. It is hard to come to terms with the idea that you are being duped in such a gross and disgusting way. It made me want to move out of this country. Expand
  7. E.B.
    Jun 25, 2007
    Michael Moore's work is complete trash. I will not support someone who does not respect our country's president. God bless America!

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