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About the Movie
In this vivid and provocative portrait of the American health care system, doctor Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest ER at Los Angeles County Hospital. Amidst life-and-death situations, McGarry captures a team of dedicated young doctors as they struggle to reconcile their ideals with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground is "C-Booth," LA County's legendary trauma bay, and the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where more people have died and been saved than in any other square footage in the US. Powerful and vital, CODE BLACK offers a tense an unforgettable doctor's-eye view into the heart of the healthcare crisis.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 38
- Fresh: 34
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A vigorous companion piece to Peter Nicks's revealing 2012 documentary, "The Waiting Room," "Code Black" (the title describes the emergency room's saturation point) is a keening cri de coeur.
Fresh: Despite occasional platitudes from director and doctor Ryan McGarry, the film makes an angry, urgent plea for reform to a health-care system that's still critically infirm.
Fresh: The precarious state of contemporary health care is shockingly evident. McGarry follows a team of idealistic, committed and unflappable medical residents.
Fresh: Code Black feels like a brisk, vital report from the frontlines of emergency medicine, forged and rooted in the most intense sort of personal and professional experience.
An excellent eye opening look at emergency medicine in a large metropolitan hospital, LA County. This film left me with a new respect and empathy for the dedicated staff of any emergency dept.
Being a physician, I often steer clear of dramas and documentaries such as this. Not because I have experienced similar situations as these young LA MD's, but because the over-dramatization of it all and more often than not, the incorporation of gratuitous romance in the medical workplace. My curiosity won out, as I have read about this specific hospital in the past. No need to expand on the details. Watch it. So very informative. Job well done, Doctor. You incorporated both the good and the bad aspects of American medicine in a carefully woven documentary which proved to be satisfyingly unbiased. We needed that!
Kate ER RN
What a disappointment. Being an experienced ER and public health RN, I love medical documentaries, especially those that deal with the enormous crisis of lack of healthcare for underserved. But as an RN, working in many fields of nursing, here and abroad, it is the nurses that do a huge amount of the work. Not only where the ER nurses (who do a bulk load of the work) almost completely looked over, but these young doctors have the arrogance to say nurse-to-patient ratio is unnecessary. If you are worried so much about the patient, then you would know that, in part, the nurse-to-patient ratio is for patient safety. And putting a few chairs in the hallway which could cause a jam up with stretchers etc, is not a brilliant idea. These MDs seem more concerned with their hair gel then anything else!