'Extraordinary Measures' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   4 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   136 reviews
  • Kate Ward Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Fraser works so hard playing a devoted dad, it's damn hard not to root for him.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Ultimately about how feeling and objectivity can work together, and also about how the protocols of medical research and development can both enable and obstruct progress.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Fraser's blandness makes for a deeply uninteresting fit with Ford's supposedly adorable grumpiness. Very ordinary.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    There might be a poignant movie based on the true story of a father's devoted efforts to help his ailing children, a la Lorenzo's Oil. But this tediously told tale is not that movie.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Vaughan has a tendency to underline, italicize and boldface the emotion when no such emphasis is needed.
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  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Ford - and Fraser - make this melodrama, with all its suits and lab coats, more watchable than it has any business being.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Extraordinary Measures requires extraordinary tolerance for bathos, bombast and plain old unpleasantness.
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  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Medical research might be dramatic as hell for those who do it, but hunched nerds in lab coats don't offer much excitement for average movie goers.
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  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    Your heart can't help but be moved. Your brain can't help but groan.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Anyway, I cried. A lot. What can I say? I'm a sucker for kids on ventilators.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    This is a remarkable story. I think the film lets them down. It finds the shortest possible route between beginning and end.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    You can find more provocative medical crises on TV every week of the year, albeit without this film's headliners.
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  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It sometimes feels like one of those "disease of the week" TV movies from the 1970s.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    A slack, well-meaning disease-of-the-week drama of the sort one might encounter on the Hallmark Channel.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Ford's participation, and the grandstanding performance he delivers, raise it from a middlebrow TV-style weepie to a higher plateau of quality. Intermittently, anyway.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions.
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  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    Doesn't reach far beyond its smallscreen genotype as a disease-of-the-week telepic, despite the star power of Brendan Fraser as the desperate dad and Harrison Ford as an eccentric, ornery researcher.
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  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    As the film builds to a credulity-testing climax, there is less schmaltz than you might expect from the screenwriter of Chocolat -- though the filmmakers seldom hesitate to milk the Crowley kids and other Pompe-afflicted children for tears.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    Extraordinary Measures isn't extraordinary. It's simply safe.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Few films on this topic so clearly illustrate the competing agendas and cut-throat capitalism of America's for-profit health care.
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  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    Harrison Ford still retains enough of his old movie star magic to ramp up the electricity a bit when he's onscreen, but this only makes you want to see him do something that makes better use of his gifts. Brendan Fraser just seems to grow bigger over the
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  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    At first glance, it feels like one of those inspirational weepies TV used to churn out, with a seasoned actress like Elizabeth Montgomery playing the flinty heroine.
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  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It's about as dramatically taut as your garden-variety board meeting. And it makes you realize that jerking a tear or two isn't necessarily a bad thing for a filmmaker to do, if it at least keeps your audience awake.
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  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Here's the most extraordinary thing about Extraordinary Measures: I sort of liked it.
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  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie is a generally insipid feel-good production that's high on sentiment and manipulation but low on genuine drama and good acting.
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