Extraordinary Measures


Extraordinary Measures

Critics Consensus

Despite a timely topic and a pair of heavyweight leads, Extraordinary Measures never feels like much more than a made-for-TV tearjerker.



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Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. Crowley teams up with scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system -- and time. But, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test.


Harrison Ford
as Dr. Robert Stonehill
Brendan Fraser
as John Crowley
Keri Russell
as Aileen Crowley
Meredith Droeger
as Megan Crowley
Diego Velázquez
as Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall
as John Crowley Jr.
Jared Harris
as Dr. Kent Weber
Patrick Bauchau
as CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck
as Pete Sutphen
David Clennon
as Dr. Renzler
Courtney B. Vance
as Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire
as Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne
as Dr. Preston
Andrea White
as Dr. Allegria
Vu Pham
as Vinh Tran
Derek Webster
as Cal Dunning
Jana Lee Hamblin
as Renzler Scientist #1
Shelly Lipkin
as Senior Scientist
Chris Harder
as Researcher
Eric Derovanessian
as Security Officer
Patricia Ferguson
as Reception Nurse
Jeanette McMahon
as Day Nurse (Jana)
Tra'Renee Chambers
as Night Nurse (Marcy)
Kimberly Howard
as ICU Nurse
Lily Mariye
as Dr. Waldman
Sherilyn Lawson
as Day Nurse (Kate)
Eric Martin Reid
as ICU Doctor
Sharonlee McLean
as Stonehill's Secretary
Jeanine Jackson
as Nell Madden
Gavin Bristol
as Webber's Assistant
Robert Blanche
as Armed Guard
Olga Sanchez
as Pediatric Nurse
Chrisse Roccaro
as Mega Store Cashier
Michael Shamberg
as Renzler Venture Capitalist #1
John Crowley
as Renzler Venture Capitalist #2
Christopher Desmond Williams
as Security Officer #2
Melanie Sanders
as ICU Nurse #2
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Critic Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

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  • Harrison Ford still retains enough of his old movie star magic to ramp up the electricity a bit when he's onscreen, but this only makes you want to see him do something that makes better use of his gifts. Brendan Fraser just seems to grow bigger over the

    Mar 2, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Moderately illuminating in parts, but the clichà (C)s of cinematic suffering tend to overwhelm it.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Harrison Ford is the clichà (C) of a scientist who cares more for equations than humans, and works to atrocious rock music. The child actors are cloying in their cuteness. A serious subject drowned by sentimentality.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Fraser's blandness makes for a deeply uninteresting fit with Ford's supposedly adorable grumpiness. Very ordinary.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Vaughan and scriptwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs have plumped for the â~one man against all oddsâ(TM) plotline, the most reassuringly inoffensive of narrative archetypes.

    Feb 26, 2010
  • There's something off-putting about this film's optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?

    Jan 25, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Extraordinary Measures

  • Apr 24, 2011
    Poor acting by Frasier and Ford, no real focus on the disease that the kids suffer from and many pointless scenes that seem to just extend the movie and do nothing else.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    I sat with this movie because it gripped me in a way where I just HAD to see how far the role will go to save or lose the children that were stricken with that neurological disabling (Pompe's) disease. The questions of health care on who gets what and when is truly the question here that stuck in my mind throughout this showing... Harrison Ford and Brendan Frasier along with Keri Russell and Meredith droeger all on the same screen in this movie provided which was indeed (to me) memorable performances never to ever be forgotten.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2011
    It was heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. Great acting by Harrison Ford as Dr. Stonehill and Brendan Fraser was excellent in the role of a father with two children affected by a terminal disease.
    Meghan M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2011
    "Extraordinary Measures" is a halfway-decent effort that manages to be engaging only because it is based on a true story, of the lengths parents can go to all for the love of their children. However, Brendan Fraser's goofball mug is hard to take seriously as a heartbroken, hardworking real-life dad, and much of the film seems rote an...d bland. Harrison Ford lends a teaspoonful of much-needed crediblity to the proceedings, and this is a film where he actually puts in the effort to turn out a good performance. For the last decade or so, Ford has mostly been standing around and trying not to look bored, on the pretense that he is, well, Harrison Ford. Here however, he puts his back into it, and it is actually quite refreshing to see Ford grumpy, irascible and actually unlikable. Unfortunately, his character of "Dr Robert Stonehill" is wholly a fabrication for the purposes of the film; I suppose the real-life figures such as William Canfield and Dr Yuan Tsong-Chen. Keri Russell does a good job as Aileen Crowley, not afraid to look like a normal, upper middle-class mum as opposed to a movie star. Unfortunately, the film's mise en scene is always too perfectly picturesque and its camerawork always too Lifetime-channel sentimental - and the music all but ruins several potentially dramatic scenes. Ultimately, this is another case of Hollywood dousing a story in melodrama, when its real-life basis needs none to be added. It is a little upsetting to see how often this occurs; how often a riveting true story is done injustice by the Hollywood machine.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer

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