A Serial Killer, Yes: The Movie, “Gosnell”

The Nick Searcy (director)-Andrew Klavan (screenwriter) effort, Gosnell—about the infanticide in Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic—has its flaws.  For one thing, Klavan’s dialogue is not masterly (sarcastically:  “You’re a ray of sunshine”).  But the film is intelligent middlebrow drama all the same, technically conventional but also brave and gripping.  More gripping, I would say, in all its ugly clinic scenes than in the courtroom parts which supply the movie’s subtitle:  The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.  This is especially true when police officers and an assistant D.A. investigate, hardly believing what they see, said clinic.  Dean Cain enacts one of the cops and is commandingly true.  Sarah Jane Morris as the D.A. and Earl Billings as Gosnell are faultless.

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