Critical Care
Critical Care (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer emerges as a magically entertaining blend of heart, soul, mind, wit, farce and, finally, an idyllic idealism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

...the performances are juicy and intelligent.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Lumet moves with confidence between satire and intriguing, heightened-reality spirituality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Not bad medical drama hampered by the fact that for a great deal of the film Spader's character behaves like an idiot. This isn't the actor's… More
Marcus Woolcott
Lumet tries to do for the US healthcare system what he did for the television industry with Network, but it's lacking bite.