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After exploring the predominance of violence in American culture in Bowling for Columbine and taking a critical look at the September 11th attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11, activist filmmaker Michael Moore turns his attentions toward the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured (and the insured who must deal with abuse from insurance companies) against the record-breaking profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Moore interviews a number of people who have been left broke by medical bills even though they were fully insured, and explains… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"There's plenty of grandstanding, most of it very funny. And in this instance, all that sizzle is selling the steak."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"Though the focus occasionally strays, the film emerges as a fascinating exploration and powerful indictment of a pressing national problem. This is Moore's biggest, best and most impassioned work."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Equal parts laugh-riot and call to arms."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Time Out Chicago
"More humble than Fahrenheit 9/11 and as enthralling as Bowling For Columbine, Sicko is another target hit square on the nose for America's premier documentalist."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Saddening while it still bristles with satire, "Sicko" does dodge some of the larger political questions about healthcare reform. Plus, the Cuba stunt mars what is, up to that point, a relatively stunt-free film."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"If Moore is using his aw-shucks attitude to articulate a collective anger with such far-reaching effectiveness, tolerating his shtick is the least we can do."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"'Sicko' is a quieter, more focused and less feral beast than its predecessor, 'Fahrenheit 9/11', but that's not saying much."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"In trying to decipher how Michael Moore has achieved his widespread popularity in the face of a somewhat cavalier attitude toward factual precision, there's no underestimating his savvy choice of targets."
‑ Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week
"Soon we realize that Sicko hinges not on what Michael Moore is uncovering, but on what he's hiding. This is a real shame as he's a talented documentary maker."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Moore depoliticizes the health care crisis by humanizing it, and drops the polemic in favor of a plea: for us to care about each other a little more."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"If other countries can provide their people with universal health care, why can't we? If we can't, who are we?"
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"One may quibble with Mr. Moore's anecdotal oversimplifications and his xenophilic fantasies, but he has struck a socio-psychic nerve in the body politic, generating a feeling of outrage that seems to be reverberating in every theater."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Though his politics are unmistakably left, the documentarian's targets are almost exclusively the powerful and his work is fueled by optimism rather than cynicism."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"While much of Sicko is certainly propaganda, that should not deter anyone from seeing it or giving some credence to what Moore is saying, because what he is talking about is very real and very important."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"By now, it should only matter that Moore has been right about every social ill he's addressed."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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