"Truly a triumph of a filmmaker setting aside personal politics for the larger crisis, 'Sicko' represents Michael Moore's best work to date, and the year's most vital, urgent documentary."
-- TimeOut movie critic Steven Snyder
"Sicko [is] a compelling, tear-jerking look at a vital piece of our infrastructure gone awry ... Moore is our lone avenger, embarrassing the big wigs and speaking for the common man one more time."
-- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"SiCKO is just what the doctor ordered ... Michael Moore's most accomplished film yet."
-- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"SiCKO is a brilliant diagnosis of the U.S. healthcare system ... dishing laughs and outrage in equal measure, this is the rare movie that could actually change our world."
-- Robert Butler, Kansas City Star
"This one is likely to strike home with anyone, left or right, who has had serious illness in the family."
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"Sicko's enduring contribution is the undeniable evidence that the system is broken. If the film brings the debate out into the open of our movie lobbies and living rooms, it can't be long before the conversation trickles into the corridors of Congress."
-- Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"No one's going to have the slightest bit of trouble discerning the outrage at the core of 'Sicko,' his shotgun blast at the American health care system and where the profit motive has taken us -- which is behind the rest of the 'civilized' world. In fact, if you can watch it without yourself swallowing a little outrage, you're made of sterner stuff than I'll ever be."
-- Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
"The healthcare industry is on red alert."
-- Kathleen Kingsbury, Time Magazine
"It's a fiercely effective call to arms -- a film that persuades and shames and chills. And he asks why a group of ill 9/11 emergency workers, volunteers not on the New York City payroll, couldn't find affordable health care until he took them to Havana."
-- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The weight of evidence Moore marshals for taking the profit motive out of medicine is overwhelming. In a summer of dumb, shameless drivel, Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart. You'll laugh till it hurts."
-- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Sicko is a beyond brilliant, nonpartisan expose on American politics that should be mandatory for every student in America. Some rich person -- like maybe Angelina Jolie -- should sponsor a program where DVDs are sent to families or free screenings are held at local churches."
-- Caroline Kepnes, E! Network
"It's likely his most important, most impressive, most provocative film."
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
" 'Sicko' is Moore's best film."
-- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"The film emerges as a fascinating exploration and powerful indictment of a pressing national problem. This is Moore's biggest, best and most impassioned work."
-- Claudia Puig, USA Today
" 'Sicko,' which takes on America's profoundly profitable and catastrophically inefficient health care system, is Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film."
-- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The net effect of 'Sicko's' penetrating and devastating inquiry into the way America takes care of its ill and dying is to transfer the anger to the audience rather than have Moore's own outrage spread all over his film. Which makes this movie, by a considerable distance, the writer-director's most effective provocation yet."
-- Gene Seymour, Newsday
"At the conclusion of the two-hour movie about the health care industry, Moore received a sustained standing ovation from the packed audience in the Ziegfeld Theater, with yelps of 'Bravo!' "
-- Roger Friedman, FOX News
"Three years after winning Cannes' top prize for 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' docu helmer and agent provocateur Michael Moore returns to the Croisette with more polemics-as-performance-art in 'Sicko,' an affecting and entertaining dissection of the American health care industry, showing how it benefits the few at the expense of the many. Pic's tone alternates between comedy, poignancy and outrage as it compares the U.S system of care to other countries."
-- Alissa Simon, Variety
"Moore has a genius for confrontational stunts — demanding a meeting with General Motors Chairman Roger Smith, chatting up an addled Charlton Heston on gun control, buttonholing Congressmen to see if any of them had actually read the Patriot Act — but the Cuba jaunt tops them all. It begins when he hears Congressional testimony indicating that detainees at Guantanamo were getting free colonoscopies and nutrition counseling."
-- Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"Three years after conquering the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Palme d’Or for 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' Michael Moore has returned the amour big time with 'Sicko,' his most fluid provocation to date. A persuasive, insistently leftist indictment of the American health care system, as well as a funny valentine to all things French — and many things Canadian, British and Cuban — the film shows that while Mr. Moore remains a radical partisan, he has learned how to sell his argument with a softer touch. He’s still the P. T. Barnum of activist cinema, but he no longer runs the entire circus directly from the spotlight."
-- Manhola Dargis, New York Times
"The revolutionary filmmaker, who shattered all box-office records for a documentary with his last effort, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' has returned to the Cannes Film Festival with another log to throw on the bonfire, his new film, 'Sicko.' Perhaps the most improbable 116 minutes ever conceived, it is a film about . . . health insurance!"
-- William Booth, Washington Post
"After the screening, several hard-nosed U.S. critics and journalists admitted to crying during the film."
-- Anthony Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"It's very much in the Michael Moore vein — hilarious, but I was crying through about a third of it."
-- Peter Brunette, Boston Globe
" 'Sicko' has been rapturously received by audiences and critics at Cannes..."
-- Jill Lawless, Associated Press
" 'Sicko' is not just an indictment of an indefensible health care industry in the U.S. It's a rejoinder for those who think we can fix the soulless monster by tinkering with an unconscionable system that puts us further in thrall to those who created the crisis."
-- Rose Ann DeMoro, Huffington Post
"Filmmaker Michael Moore's brilliant and uplifting new documentary, 'Sicko,' deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity."
-- Roger Friedman, Fox News
"...a very strong and very honest documentary about a health system that's totally corrupt and that is without any care for its patients."
-- Stephen Schaefer, Boston Globe