Malpractice (2001)

Director: Micky Dolenz

Writer: Stuart Alexander (Screenplay)

Starring: Gabrielle Carteris, Markus Flanagan, Stephanie Zimbalist, Michael Arata, John McConnell, Jerry Leggio


Plot: A lawyer (Stephanie Zimbalist) turns private investigator when her doctor-husband holds himself responsible for the death of a patient.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Lifetime Movie


Story: Malpractice starts by showing an operation going on but something goes wrong learning to the death of the patient. We follow lawyer Beth Garrett (Zimbalist) as she plays the working parents because of personal issues with her husband Ken (Flanagan). When an old friend Ellen Robertson (Carteris) comes to Beth asking to get involved in a malpractice case against the hospital where he fiancée dies. To make things interesting Ken once worked at the hospital but lost his job there and Beth used to represent the hospital in all their law suits.

As the case rolls on it becomes apparent that a nurse may have been in the operating room that shouldn’t have been there and that she has gone missing. The truth keeps coming out from the previous case that shows how Ken could be the motive for what is happening. When Beth starts getting uneasy because of Ellen turning up in her life she starts to question who was really involved in the death.

Malpractice really is one of those made for television movies that for some reason ended up on the movie channels over here in the UK. It is very simple to watch and feels like it could easily be an episode of a television show. It has a few twists and turns but nothing really shocking. I doubt many people will have seen this and I doubt very many will go out there way to see such a standard storyline that nothing is memorable. (5/10)


Actor Review


Gabrielle Carteris: Ellen Robertson starts out as the victim of the case because it is her fiancée who dies but it soon becomes apparent that she might have other motives. Gabrielle gives a solid job as the seductive lady out for revenge. (6/10)


Markus Flanagan: Ken Garrett depressed doctor who is currently off work because of what happened with an early case. His past could be what has caused all the action to have started. Markus struggles to make an impact in this one. (4/10)


Stephanie Zimbalist: Beth Garrett a top lawyer who takes a case against the hospital that her husband once worked for. She starts to question the motives of Ellen but soon discovers the truth. Stephanie gives a solid performance as a standard television lawyer. (5/10)


Support Cast: Malpractice supporting cast is mainly fellow lawyers who are both against and on the side of Beth not much helps to the story though.


Director Review: Micky Dolenz – Micky does a basic job directing getting the basics right. (5/10)


Thriller: Malpractice would come under thriller because of the final outcome but not enough to make enough edge of the seat action. (4/10)

Settings: Malpractice uses very basic settings that don’t add too much to the story. (4/10)

Suggestion: Malpractice is one for people to watch when it is on but otherwise it could easily be missed. (If It Is On Watch)


Best Part: Good pilot for a show.

Worst Part: Some very poor acting for a film.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


Overall: Just Another Episode of Lawyers

Rating 40