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Code Black (2014)



Critic Consensus: Impassioned and infuriating, Code Black awakens viewers to an endemic problem with no clear solution.

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In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States." CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate - bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net. (c) Long Shot Factory

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Like most documentary makers addressing the health care crisis, McGarry can't begin to get his arms around the whole problem; this works best as a highly subjective account of a small portion of it.

September 12, 2014 | Full Review…

It sticks halos (probably well-deserved) atop the heads of its doctors, it goes for poignant moments without being all that poignant and ends up bemoaning without seriously suggesting any concrete paths to improvement.

August 22, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us.

August 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Code Black" shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system, but it remains in the dark about why that system is broken and how it can be fixed.

July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Code Black is a riveting document despite its tendency to jackrabbit around in its themes and personalities.

July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film refuses polemic, grants access, and mostly steers clear of the heartstrings in its effort to humanize those on both sides of the institutional front line.

July 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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