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Based on the true story of a misfit medical student whose unconventional approach to healing causes headaches for the medical establishment but works wonders for the patients.
Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.
Williams pulls out all the stops in a lead role that gives him carte blanche to careen between extremes of silliness and sentimentality; he tries too hard, too obviously, much like the pic itself.
It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia!
The worst film of 1998 was also one of the worst films of its entire decade, but it panders so shamelessly in an effort to manipulate every conceivable human emotion that it was instantly embraced by easy-to-please filmgoers.
An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.
A movie of depth and delight!
Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.
Though he really does seem like a swell person, I've always liked Williams better in theory than I do in practice. And this blubbering ass-kiss of a movie is very possibly the last straw.
Instead of drama, Patch Adams gives us mere iconography, and wastes Williams's iconoclastic dedicated doc.
True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.
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