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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is human drama at its most intense and universal. This is the rare film that can change the way you think and see the world. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Inherently unpreachy but making its point more effectively than many participants in the debate can, the film should find vocal advocates in a niche theatrical run. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    With grace, discretion and supreme tact, Nicks sweeps viewers to a climactic montage that wordlessly honors the best ways we care for one another. The Waiting Room bears poetic witness to an overlooked fact: America's health care system may be broken, but its people are anything but. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie observes the general misery of needing serious medical treatment and the particular awfulness of needing medical treatment you can't pay for. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Documents emotionally charged interactions between patients and hospital staff without any signs that the subjects are being made to feel self-conscious or that they're behavior is being affected. show more

  • 80
    Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Boxoffice Magazine

    There's more to it than a black-and-white political conclusion, and the laundry list of California documentary heroes in the credits suggests this film is humanist before it's agenda driven. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The documentary's scope feels a bit small overall - more concerned with capturing the episodic adventures of these disparate subjects than with connecting their experiences to larger societal ills. show more

  • 100
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Scrupulously apolitical, The Waiting Room is the opposite of a polemic like Michael Moore's "Sicko." But by removing any editorial screen, it confronts you head-on with human suffering that a more humane and equitable system might help alleviate. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    The Waiting Room is a source of both inspiration and hope. The system may be broken, but the people are not. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    What makes The Waiting Room worth visiting is how well it does without the usual narcotizing documentary tactics. show more

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