Critical Care
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Sidney Lumet filmed this hospital satire at a Canadian studio. Alcoholic Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks in old-age makeup) advises younger Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) to only treat patients with much insurance. "When the lawyers start crawling all over you," says Butz, "that's when you know you're a doctor." Ernst, a second-year resident working in the ICU with head nurse Stella (Helen Mirren), winds up in the middle of a dispute between two sisters (Kyra Sedgwick and Margo Martindale). One wants to pull the plug on their wealthy father; the other demands that he… More
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"...it emerges as a magically entertaining blend of heart, soul, mind, wit, farce and, finally, an idyllic idealism."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"There's not much that's subtle in Lumet's tirade against the greed of the medical profession and health-care system and patients who sue."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...the performances are juicy and intelligent."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Lumet moves with confidence between satire and intriguing, heightened-reality spirituality."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
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