The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room (2012)

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film - using a blend of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2013
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a vivid portrait of the crisis in health care policy, with the caregivers and clinic itself as much on life support as the sick people.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The level of frankness and vulnerability of those featured suggests just how compassionate a filmmaker Nicks (who acted as his own cinematographer) must be.

Amy Taubin

In a year of exceptionally strong documentaries, The Waiting Room is one of the most urgent and effective.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A moving portrait of people doing their jobs under very difficult circumstances - and, in virtually every moment we see, doing them with efficiency, wisdom and compassion.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Both a depressing indictment of a system that prioritizes health care based on insurance coverage and, at the same time, uplifting, if only because of the extraordinary professionals who keep it going - barely.

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Sarah Boslaugh

If you want to understand how the American system of health care delivery works for people without employer-sponsored health insurance, I can think of no better introduction than watching Peter Nicks' documentary The Waiting Room.

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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer

Nicks nets moments that are at turns horrific and touching, redemptive of those seeking treatment and the workers who provide it where no one else will.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Eloquently portrays the faults and limitations of the American health care system, even as it punctures some of the most toxic stereotypes surrounding it.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A dramatic and inspiring look at a piece of the U.S. health care problem.

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Spencer S.
This is a very good piece of evidence, as to why the health care system in this country has to be reformed. People without insurance can only be seen in the… More
Walter M.
"The Waiting Room" is an incisive look at the sorrowful state of the modern healthcare system in the United States, as seen through the microcosm of a… More