Press Reaction

Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times

“... ambitiously explores the complex questions that arise about extending life ... What makes the film difficult to watch is that the dying people featured are typically middle-aged or young, with every incentive to want to keep going and experimenting.”

Kevin McDonough, South Coast Today

“... A thoughtful, painful and gripping hour of television, 'Facing Death' is not for everyone but it does offer a thoughtful, open-minded and dignified discussion of an important topic that is all too often reduced to rancorous rhetoric or glib sound bites.”

Paula Span, The New Old Age Blog

“This clear-eyed look at dying patients … avoids taking a position on what we’ve euphemistically come to call end-of-life care. Instead, it offers very intimate portraits of patients and families grappling with the tough decisions about how much treatment is too much when the prognosis is grim.”

Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News

“The not-so-pretty truth, ‘Frontline’ reminds us, … is that most Americans die in hospitals, some tethered to technology invented to help critically ill patients recover but that often merely places them on hold. … It’s a blunt message, hammered home by case after case of patients whose families face decisions regarding ventilators, continued treatments or other life-prolonging measures.”

Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

“'Facing Death' is a tapestry of grim and rarely spoken truths about end-of-the-line health care …”

Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

“Certainly, as 'Facing Death' shows, in scenes that are both intimate and respectful, it’s hard to see any of the process [of dying] as ‘waste’ when you’re going through it. Each decision, each day, and eventually each moment, is meaningful.”

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posted november 23, 2010

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