The Washington Times - May 21, 2007, 12:40PM
Michael Moore
Michael Moore’s new documentary—an indictment of the American health-care industry—screened to an approving audience at Cannes over the weekend, but not before an unauthorized trip Moore made to Cuba during filming prompted a stateside controversy and an investigation by the Treasury Department. In their Cannes Journal, the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott praise the movie, noting 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.” Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum agrees, remarking, “[T]here’s a certain robust clarity of political activism in this latest salvo from media provocateur Michael Moore that marks a new maturity.” The Associated Press describes Sicko as a film about “ordinary Americans telling heart-wrenching stories of being refused vital treatment,” while the Huffington Post calls it “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.”

- Scott Galupo