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The Good Doctor

It’s bad medicine.

Rod Lott December 21st, 2012

Just six days into his residency, Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom, The Three Musketeers) already has his share of minor screw-ups: His handwriting is illegible, and he prescribed penicillin for a patient who was allergic to it.


Now, he’s fallen in love with one of his patients, Diane (Riley Keough, Magic Mike), a young woman with infected kidneys. He so wants to be near her that he starts taking steps to keep her sick — and therefore, in his care at the hospital — like replacing the goods in her medication with sugar substitute.

Hippocratic oath? What’s that?

There’s not a whole hell of a lot to The Good Doctor, and what’s there isn’t bad so much as middling. As much as I think there’s a great thriller to be made about a smitten physician with stalker tendencies, director Lance Daly’s sterile-looking one isn’t it. While it’s nice to see Bloom act for a change instead of romping through that treacherous Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, these calmer waters remain fairly shallow.

It’s also inconsistent in many aspects. For example, storywise, young Diane is able to make a direct reference to 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest villain Nurse Ratched, yet doesn’t know who the still-working Sting is? I don’t buy it. Elsewhere, in a baffling acting choice, as Dr. Blake’s supervisor, Rob Morrow (TV's Numb3rs) speaks in a voice that rises and falls as if he was being asked to turn his head and cough at the time. Its overall effect is aggravating, whereas the film itself merely leaves viewers indifferent and disengaged. —Rod Lott

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