Orlando Bloom is Martin Blake, a man frighteningly unsuited to his profession in this downbeat and ironically titled film, which falls somewhere between a drama and a medical thriller.  A young doctor in his first year of residency, Blake is in over his head and a prey not only to his professional inexperience, but to his emotional susceptibility and mental instability.

When teenage patient Diane (Riley Keough) develops a crush on Dr. Blake, the attraction is, as it turns out, mutual, and Blake begins to do what he can to prolong her hospital stay – including sabotaging her treatment and endangering her life.  Michael Pena, meanwhile, provides some of the comic relief as Jimmy, a sleazy hospital orderly who discovers Blake’s doings and promptly blackmails him.

The Good Doctor provides a fair number of shocks, not from jump scares but from Blake’s consistently irresponsible behavior as his crimes multiply along with his lies.  If the film has a single major flaw, it is perhaps the idea that such an intelligent man could be so stupidly erratic; but viewers are constantly reminded of Blake’s aloneness in his secretiveness and the sterility of his surroundings.  Cringe-inducing from start to finish, The Good Doctor is recommended and earns 4 of 5 possible stars.

Ideological Content Analysis indicates that the film is:

2. Pro-castration.  It is healthy for men to cry.

1. Diversity-skeptical.  Martin has strained relations with black nurse Theresa (Taraji P. Henson).  There is nothing overtly race-relevant in the characters’ conflict, but the racial tension here is palpable.  An exclusively Spanish-speaking patient (Gary Cervantes) presents a problem to exclusively English-speaking doctors.