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by Ben Colwell on 12/5/2007

"Sicko" cannot be described as funny. It is interesting, informative, and revealing. Perhaps I have a unique perspective on the things exposed in this movie as I, in fact, have been victimized by the health insurance industry. Every adult should see this movie, and every politician should be forced to watch this, and made to do things to fix the scam that the health insurance business is. Read More

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If you want to stay healthy in America, dont get sick. Following on the heels of his award winning hit Fahrenheit 9/11 and his Oscar winning film Bowling for Columbine, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moores new documentary sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach, Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. Sicko promises to be every bit as indicting as Moores previous films.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 205820609
UPC 796019807500
UPC 14 00796019807500
Format DVD
Release Date 11/6/2007
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note America's most incendiary filmmaker, Michael Moore, returned in 2007 with this health-care-industry exposé. SICKO tackles material as controversial as the topics explored in Moore's other films, yet does so in a way that places the focus on ordinary Americans affected by the nation's health-care crisis. After providing some historical background on how our nation's medical care system became so ravaged and unfair, Moore interviews a series of individuals and families who have had their lives all but destroyed by the denial of care in the service of profit. While there are two sides to the gun-control debate and even a legitimate discourse for how to best wage the war on terror, it's simply impossible to justify how a baby girl can wind up dead because her mother's health insurance wasn't accepted at a nearby hospital. Moore smartly allows this and other stories to be told with little or no interference, conjuring strong feelings of empathy, rage, and deep sadness. ^Of course, SICKO isn't a PBS documentary, it's a Michael Moore movie, and his fingerprints are all over it. Moore visits countries that have universal health care--spectacularly so when he takes several World Trade Center workers to Guantanamo Bay (and then to Cuba) to receive health care that they were denied in the United States--and presents a compelling argument for adopting a similar system in the States. Moore's ultimate purpose here is to compel Americans to care for one another, and it's a simple request that shockingly must be made via a major motion picture, making SICKO essential viewing.
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] film that will arouse surprise, outrage, sadness and heated discussion....This is a film that those of various political affiliations will find compelling." 06/22/2007 p.6D
New York Times "[Moore] has never before made a film that stated his bedrock ideological principles so clearly and accessibly." 06/22/2007 p.E1
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Moore brings a blunt clarity to the table....Moore's brutally comic take on matters of life and death is just the ticket....Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart." 06/28/2007 p.80
Entertainment Weekly "SICKS is outspoken in its dismay that a country as rich and powerful as the United States should force so many of its citizens to gamble on the odds of sustained good health." -- Grade: B 07/13/2007 p.50
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "Moore's populist bombast serves the same commendable purpose as ever, turning a worthy social issue into serious-minded blockbuster entertainment." 11/01/2007 p.149
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "SICKO is a shocker....It's Moore's strong affection for his homeland that fuels these howls of outrage." 11/01/2007 p.48
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]mpassioned cinema....Crusading stuff, bluntly and brilliantly argued." 11/01/2007 p.54
Sight and Sound "A trawl of witnesses betrayed by HMOs shows his filmmaking at its most brilliant, and raises the odd bitter laugh....Moore also nails the guilty politicians with vigour and relish..." 12/01/2007 p.91
Michael Moore
Name Moore,Michael
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Erin O'Hara - Original Music By
Geoffrey Richman, et. al. - Editor
George W. Bush - Featuring
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Michael Moore - Producer
Michael Moore - Director
Michael Moore - Writer
Michael Moore - Featuring
Reggie Cervantes - Featuring
Richard Nixon - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 80750
UPC 00796019807500
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review For those living in the United States, watching Sicko isn't an uplifting experience. Moore, as has been adequately reported over the years, isn't a hard-hitting journalist or a documentarian in the traditional sense of the job description. He's more of a rabble rouser and a button pusher. His ego often gets in the way of his making a point (as happens on several occasions during Sicko), but he knows how to edit and spin in such a way that even the driest of topics can become compulsively watchable...Moore's thesis and approach in Sicko is straightforward, and the film hangs together a lot better than his previous rant, Fahrenheit 9/11, which lacked focus...Whether Moore is preaching to the converted and whether there are flaws in his sermon doesn't detract from the import of the message. As is his trademark, he does what he can to impart a degree of entertainment to a serious subject...Most importantly, regardless of its overall veracity, it provides an opportunity for open and frank dialogue about an issue that has been politicized and ignored for far too long in this country. Whatever anyone's feelings may be about Michael Moore, it's hard to disagree with his argument that health care in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If you heard the story, you remember it. A few weeks ago, a woman bled to death in an emergency room, while her husband and a bystander both called 911 to report she was being ignored. They were ignored. She was already in the E.R., wasn't she?...Her death came too late to be included in "Sicko," Michael Moore's litany of horrors about the American health care system, which is run for profit, and insurance companies, which pay bonuses to employees who are successful in denying coverage or claims...Moore plays 1971 tapes from the Oval Office as Nixon discusses the original Kaiser plan for an HMO. "It's for profit," he says admiringly. Have you ever understood exactly what benefit an HMO provides while it stands between you and the medical care system and acts as a toll bridge?...Yes, nitpickers can find fault with any attack on our system. There are four health care lobbyists for every congressman. But there's room for irony when the owner of an anti-Moore Web site can't afford to maintain it when his wife gets sick. And room for tears when a claims investigator for an insurance company tells Congress she knows she was her company's instrument for denying clients care they needed that might have saved their lives.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Moore,Michael
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today Highly entertaining and informative.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...Moore's most important, most impressive, most provocative film, and it's different from his others in significant ways.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...Moore intelligently, comically and incisively diagnoses and calls for the treatment of a sick U.S. health care system.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone You'll laugh till it hurts. One of the year's best.

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