Critical Care appears on the scene at a time when such TV shows as ER and Chicago Hope have already overdone this good medicine/bad medicine stuff. Schwartz, who has produced for TV's American Playhouse and the Discovery Channel, may think he's moving up in the world by carrying the torch into movie theaters. The theaters playing this film are likely to be empty, though. What Critical Care resembles isn't even the current TV hospital dramas but something far less entertaining. It's like a boring, schematic Golden Age of Television problem drama. Isn't this the very thing that, 40 years ago, Sidney Lumet graduated into movies to get away from?
Critical Care will screen on Friday, November 7, at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Written by Steven Schwartz. Directed by Sidney Lumet.Starring James Spader, Helen Mirren, Albert Brooks, Jeffrey Wright, Kyra Sedgwick, Philip Bosco, Wallace Shawn, Anne Bancroft, and Edward Herrmann.