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Dissecting U.S. health care

Michael Moore's attack on the American health care industry, Sicko, is his fifth full-length documentary essay - after Roger & Me, The Big One, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11.

Sicko is the first one I can embrace wholeheartedly - the first one I can say I've even liked. For once, his anarchic comic bent and his political sympathies appear to be completely in sync. He still generalizes, underlines, overstates and grandstands. But he stays close to the nuts and bolts of HMOs' focus on the bottom line and politicians' search for campaign funds from Big Pharma. In Sicko, even his most far-out salvos land on target.

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Sicko (The Weinstein Co.) A documentary by Michael Moore. Rated PG-13. Time 123 minutes.



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