Personally, I value the documentary work Michael Moore has done over his career thus far. He takes interesting and hard looks at social topics that are often muddled via that media, talking heads and politicos.
Sicko addresses a topic that I personally follow the news about extensively and watch folks I kinow struggle with all the time: the US health care system.
While I think this piece of work is helpful to open the general American's eyes to the irony and failure of many of our current health care issues, I was quite disappointed in his overall presentation of the topic.
One niggling point, early on in the film he showed a document that listed the US as 37 on a ranked list of countries by health care -- just below Slovenia. Yet just below the US was Cuba, which later is exemplified as a superior system.
There are other discrepancies and a fair bit of simply leaving out the whole 'truth' of the matter, particularly with regard to the socialized health care in France and England. In fact NPR did a much more thorough job of looking at and comparing these health care systems to the US's in the run up to the 2008 presidential election.
Bottom line, Moore's work does reach a broader audience and provides considerable food for thought that may go a long way in galvanizing people to press their elected representatives to improve the US health care system. It is 'sick' that the wealthiest nation on earth should have a system that allows people to unnecessarily die for basic ailments or bankrupt people who actually HAVE health care insurance.
There is a fundamental flaw here that should be addressed and for that I think Sicko is at least a worthwhile film to watch.
Pros: Honest and forthright look at the American Health Care System. Cons: Not fully fleshed out; a few factual errors. The Bottom Line: Sicko bears watching with an un-jaundiced eye; that is if you value your health! Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. We The People think very highly of ourselves. And why not; from a very early age Americans are told that they are number one; that … more
When Michael Moore's Sicko was announced, I remember all the news reports. Once again I was pelted with, "Michael Moore hates America!" and all that stuff. One of my friends came up to me and said, "Did you hear? Now Michael Moore is attacking Doctors! Don't you go see that movie Sean! If you do you'll go to hell." Yes, because God is more concerned about what documentaries I'm watching more than he is with anything else I'll ever … more
documentary ( plural documentaries ) A film, TV program, book etc that presents a social , political , scientific or historical subject in a factual or informative manner. entertainment something amusing or entertaining a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others ( obsolete ) maintenance or support I quote these two nouns before I begin my review because I think to properly review "Sicko," one must acknowledge what Michael Moore films are, and what they are not. I think we've … more
I will begin this review by stating that I am a proud American citizen, an immigrant from a Third World country who grew up in America. I have also traveled around the world, and have experienced the health care systems in other countries. I also have friends and family living in other countries, both developed and under-developed countries. From my own experiences in America and in other countries, and those related to me by my friends and family, I've come to believe that the US healthcare system … more
When thinking about it most people outside the U.S. would be shocked and appalled at the blatant uncaring nature of the American Health Service. I can't honestly imagine being denied Health Care because of money troubles. I suppose that I should consider myself lucky that I live in the UK, a country that puts a persons health before a profit. Many people claim Moore to be a propagandist who's just utilising this subject matter in order to make a quick dollar. That may be … more
Whoa. I work in health care and I am very aware of some of the screwed-up issues out there. I see physicians' hands tied by insurance companies, I see physicians' costs for liability insurance climbing and payment for health care declining. Even with that insider knowledge, Sicko curled my toes. I'm sure there are two sides of the story. But I don't see the other side in my day job and Sicko opens the flood gates on horror stories. I cried and I grew enraged at the stories that were shared in this … more
Moore presents a very serious issue facing all Americans whether or not they have health insurance in a very entertaining light. If what he presents is true, then the American public has been lied to especially concerning "socialized" medicine in other countries. During the documentary Moore went to four countries including Cuba and he expounds that medicine in these places is far superior to what is available or not available to the American public here in the US. The documentary … more
Sure, like all of Michael Moore's films this movie is more editorial than documentry. It's trying to make a very specific point (the American health care system is seriously broken), and pulls out all the stops to do so. It does so with all the usual wit and humor of Michael Moore, which to my mind is a good thing. The movie focuses on various middle-class people who generally thought they had decent medical coverage. They usually thought this right up to the point where they … more
SiCKOis more like a controlled howl of protest than a documentary. Toning down the rhetoric of past efforts--no CEOs, congressmen, or celebrities were accosted in the making of this film--Michael Moore's latest provocation is just as heartfelt, if not more heartbreaking. As he clarifies from the outset, his subject isn't the 45 million Americans without insurance, but those whose coverage has failed to meet their needs. He starts by speaking with patients who've been denied life-saving procedures, like chemotherapy, for the most spurious of reasons. Then he travels to Canada, England, and France to see if socialized medicine is as inefficient as U.S. politicians like to claim--especially those who receive funding from pharmaceutical companies. Moore finds quality care available to all, regardless as to income. He concludes with a stunt that made headlines when he assembles a group of 9/11 rescue workers suffering from a variety of afflictions. When Moore is informed that detainees at Guantánamo Bay--technically American soil--qualify for universal coverage, he and his companions travel to Cuba to get in on that action. It's a typically grandstanding move on Moore's part. And it proves remarkably effective when these altruistic individuals, who've either been denied treatment or forced to pay outrageous costs for their medication, experience a dramatically different system. Nine years in the making,SiCKOmakes a persuasive case that it's time ...