NameYears in ClubOverall QualityWhat did you like or not like about the film?
Barb19Very SatisfiedI've recommended it to many, family and friends.
The personal stories varied: touching, painful and humorous. I've just had a hearing loss, it's not something with a quick fix. It has increased my empathy for others and I'm more than willing to learn from others of ways we cope & or heal.
Margie Blickman - SatisfiedI'd read about Dr. Sarno so I was happy to find out more about him. I found the film truly engrossing and a lot to think about. Alejandro, I never received this form ( or any other info) from the club since the first movie (Debra just emailed it to me)....could you please look into it? Thank you in advance!
Marc15Very SatisfiedWas it a technologically perfect film. No. But it was a interesting perspective of one man's quest to help people who are in constant back pain, and who have not been helped by the medical community with surgery and drugs. I did not feel that the film was preaching that all back pain issues are psychological. But that for many of his patients, his treatment does work. And who can rightly argue that is a bad thing. I think a lot of the folks who were disappointed in the movie, were more expressing the personal feelings about that type of treatment and not instead focusing on this very interesting person. Please do keep exploring different films with our club. You are not going to please everybody all the time.
David Lang22Very SatisfiedBecause I am briefly in the film, I may be accused of bias but the fact is that Doctor Sarno changed my life and continues to influence how I feel about my body and how I deal with pain. I think this film is an excellent introduction to Sarno's work.

I must say that that some of the negative reviews here greatly misunderstand what Sarno claims, and I wonder if these negative reviewers have had the opportunity to read any of Sarno's books. For example, Sarno never states that rage is caused by father feelings or income inequality. Rather, he states that the rage may have many different causes, some of them seemingly very trivial. Further, knowing the reason for the rage is, in most cases, not even required to eliminate the pain. Psychological therapy is NOT necessary in most cases.

(I read the article at the "Science Based Medicine," and it is painfully obvious that the writer of that article knows absolutely nothing about Sarno's work.)

There are those who find fault with Sarno's conclusions because of a lack of empirical data, that it is dependent upon anecdotal evidence. This is an understandable objection. That said, we should not dismiss out of hand that which cannot be measured empirically. How do we measure peace of mind or happiness or freedom from pain? There may be no empirical data for these phenomena, yet they do exist. And does not traditional medicine treat anxiety and depression all the while being unable to measure anxiety and depression except by the patient's oral accounts?

As for being "Fake News," all one need do is look at the success rate of traditional approaches to back pain. Here, traditional medicine--which, I must stress, has done many, many wonderful things and is of tremendous value to all of us--has not done well.
Barry & Carole02SatisfiedVery much a documentary which was presented in a realistic manner. It explains that in life we are much dependent on our mind/body relatiionship
Martin Bell19Not Satisfied1) The mind-body connection has long been accepted and integrated into standard medical care. The placebo effect only exists because of the mind-body connection (sadly not mentioned in this "documentary"). The source of much chronic pain is not well understood, but is often treated effectively as if it were psychosomatic. 2) Dr Sarno blames back pain on rage brought on by "father feelings" and/or income inequality. The evidence is extremely sketchy. It doesn't seem to be any stronger than any other alternative medicine (even though Sarno shuns that term). It's pathetic to see Sarno exploit Galinsky's tortured feelings about his father - forcing him to re-live painful memories every time his back acts up. 3) If you liked Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, you'll love All the Rage. Think that's harsh? Read the 10-star reviews on IMDb and compare them to the "very satisfied" comments here. 4) I'm disappointed that Alejandro chose to screen this anti-science film at the club, made excuses for it during the discussion, distributed Galinsky's propaganda post screening, and declined to distribute the objective article that I offered. 5) Here is a link to an article from the site I mentioned in the discussion (partially about Sarno).
colleen3Very SatisfiedThe film was a slice of life that we usually do not look at.....our pain, our vulnerability, our courage to try something beyond the ordinary. And the exposure to Dr. Sarno's knowledge and experience was refreshing. It takes courage to present a film of this sort. Thank you
colleen3Very SatisfiedThe film was a slice of life that we usually do not look at.....our pain, our vulnerability, our courage to try something beyond the ordinary. And the exposure to Dr. Sarno's knowledge and experience was refreshing. It takes courage to present a film of this sort. Thank you
Joel Smith2Very SatisfiedVery much liked how Michael Galinsky wove his personal and family's story into the film. We live in a country with great medical care that costs way too much... I think that the mind-body connection in terms of healing is not given the credibility that it should have in our society and I'm so glad that thanks to Dr. Sarno, the film presented a reasonable alternative to the common medical view on treating back pain, . I find it ironic that with Dr. Sarno's great results that his office was replaced with a laser spine treatment facility. My assumption is that medicine is a business and Dr. Sarno did not deliver the profitability to the medical center that the laser spine will.
Paul1Very SatisfiedI wish I could share this film with Steve Kerr, if it could help him with his pain management.
Jenn - Very SatisfiedThis film touched me in many ways; most importantly it made me pick up the phone and make a call to a new therapist that I've been putting off for many years to help me heal from surgery trauma from when I was a child. I believe in the mind-body connection and I thank you for bringing this topic to the cinema.

I told several friends about it and one in particular was very excited because she had heard about your film and really wishes to see it. She is studying to be a therapist and there have been mentions in her classes.

Thank you again!
don Hadlock23SatisfiedInformative. Provocative.
Judy Ingols10Very SatisfiedI liked the personal story and it's presentation of the mind-body connection in relation to the film maker's back pain. He made the point of having to deal with the emotional issues is very, very hard and takes a lot of strength and effort. Not everyone is willing to do that. So many want an easy answer and the drug companies are more than willing to provide that. I do feel that the medical profession may be coming around slowly to the idea. It just makes so much sense in so many ways.
jim rauh10Very SatisfiedI was extremely moved by the film. It seemed like two movies beautifully melded into one. First, there was Galinsky's story of having to deal w/ his back issues which were tied to his early years trauma coinciding w/ the larger picture story of the mind/body connection. I loved the emotionality (is that a word?) of the filmmaking effort, added plenty of the human element to the viewing. And if some people are skeptical about the concept that's fine but I felt the most telling explanation of the concept (and I paraphrase) was when the doctor stated that first there is indeed the physical injury that needs to heal (i.e. a torn muscle or something of that ilk) and then you can start dealing w/ the core trauma issues if there is some residual pain that the healing process can't entirely take care of. I was a bit disappointed by one member's comment that if they wanted "fake news" they could have stayed home and watched TV. If you are going to make that statement, then you need to back it up w/ context as to what constitutes what you view as "fake news". To do otherwise is to fall into the trap of that nationwide malaise of no supporting evidence. Bottom line: excellent and provocative choice.
Michele M.23Very SatisfiedThe film was very thought-provoking, moving, and informative. My husband has suffered from chronic back pain for over 40 years. He attended the club with me (which he usually doesn't do) and was so grateful he did. The movie truly spoke to him, and he feels hope for the first time in many years. My husband is now reading Dr. Sarno's book, and has been telling his friends about the documentary. Thank you, Alejandro, for bringing this film to our club.
Susan10SatisfiedWhile I understand that the film was essentially a first person account, there were still several testimonials from others who shared a similar experience. It would have been nice if those testimonials and interviews included a broader segment of society. Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine, but I would have liked to have heard from more women (other than wives/daughters) and people of color. But overall, I enjoyed the film and the message. And I especially enjoyed the scenes of nature in between the interviews.
Ron18Not SatisfiedI've been a moderate believer or open to the possibility of the body mind connection for years but this film did not reinforce my belief. Pace was slow and not really focused nor convincing. My negative reaction to this film may be more on the selection of this film for the Cinema Club and the exhausting Q&A and not the actual film. I joined the Cinema Club to see new and professional films not a hard sale against the medical profession.
Melissa Diaz4Somewhat SatisfiedBeing a Howard Stern fan, I was familiar with Dr. Sarno yet I did not know what his message was about. I did enjoy the storying telling, however I did not feel the message was worth a whole movie. I do not believe repressed memories are the cause of our pains. I do believe that not dealing with our emotions, grief or stress does cause poor health and body ailments. There is a mind/body connection, but is it greater than just making a link to "repressed childhood memories." The problems stem from more than just our childhoods. There was also not enough explanation to Dr. Sarno's methods and why they work. I wanted to believe, but in the end I felt it was played more like a hippy infomercial.
Ken Edwards1SatisfiedThe film was quietly stunning The idea that emotional rage can manifest itself in chronic pain and that the pain is a distraction to keep a person from experiencing extremely negative feelings is remarkable and could open a path to understanding the whole spectrum of obsessive compulsive behaviors that abound in the worlds population I plan to buy the books and follow this tantalizing idea . Really good choice of a movie to get us thinking.
Jean Kaelin15SatisfiedI was surprised/happy to see the little bit with Andrew Weil. I read his book "The Natural Mind" many many moons ago and it hit home.
My only criticism of the film is that the subtitles were displayed for a REALLY short time. I am a very fast reader, but several times I missed who someone was or were they worked because of short display time.
A little choppy in parts, and the rainy spider webs got more than a tad tedious.
Overall, good information and for the most part able to keep me interested.
Teo4SatisfiedI'm glad to see the movie challenging ourselves and the medical community to find better ways to deal with pain. During the course of the film I connected with the personal story of his journey much more than the sparse data that is presented. While the concept that our mental and emotional health is related to our physical health should not be a revelatory, it's not often seen this way when chronic physical issues arise. These deeper cultural/societal issues can be difficult to change. Also, It was great to have the director in person for the Q&A after such a personal movie.
Marie Becker2Very SatisfiedI very much enjoyed it! This movie is timely, and can be a path for so many to deal with their pain. The movie did indeed touch on how this is not a replacement for needed medical intervention, but a path for those suffering from chronic pain. Incredible stress does horrible things to people... more ways to offer help should always be considered and welcomed. Well done!
Bev22SatisfiedIt kept my interest, though it was somewhat tedious. It is definitely not a documentary and it doesn't need to be unbiased because it is one man's journey.
Terry3Very SatisfiedThis was an exceptional film. It was very well done and captivated me with its story of pain and healing, and how too many people suffer needlessly. If only they opened their minds to the possibility that Dr. Sarno's approach could help them. I'm sure there are many who will challenge the premise but this is another tool in the bag that has worked for many. I say nyet to the naysayers. This is a great film! It might just change your life!
Darrel Kelly 2Not SatisfiedThe film had too much lacking. Poorly edited, Poor quality of videography, the message could have been brought in under five minutes. The entire film seemed poorly thought out. Mediocre work at best. I have seen better films by high school students with no training.

Mike Weston16Very SatisfiedI liked the film, mostly for the message about how health issues have a mental component more often than we might assume. I would recommend it. The Q&A was also good (though unusually long), and besides the directly related references, I also noted the director's reference to a book called The Presence Process, which I have downloaded a sample of. One observation I didn't think of until later is that the title doesn't seem right to me. Specifically the underlying emotional issue was not always rage, so tying the film to that one emotion is questionable.
Patryce10SatisfiedInteresting. I liked how the film was not a traditional documentary about Dr. Sarno rather a personal narrative about the director's journey of self discovery. The celebrity cameo's were somewhat distracting as well as the "Malickien" nature shots as they were shot in a somewhat polished way but the rest of the camera work seemed purposely rough. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
Maryln 15Very SatisfiedConsider this one opinion out of 25,000.
Michael Galinsky is an excellent filmmaker/documentarian. I think there was balance in his personal story and Dr. Sarno. Without his personal story, a film with statistics would have been boring.
I liked it because I agree with the general attitude about the portrayal of the medical profession. There is much to be said about the prescribed cost of medical care and the effectiveness of it.
Doctors are just practicing; they don't know everything and they have come a long way. Aren't we excellent guinea pigs?
- 10Satisfiedmost medical practitioners do believe in mind/body connection especially related to Asthma, GI problems, and Chronic Pain. More resistance comes from patients than practitioners. I think a balanced plan is needed for good health - diet, exercise and emotional/stress control. The movie was one sided and only mentioned stress reduction primarily confronting anger and childhood traumas.
Nan4Very SatisfiedIt makes a persuasive case for the huge impact that the mind has on the body. As the wife of an internist, I am well aware of how easy it is to take a pill or even have a surgery to make the pain go away, and how difficult it can be to try to take some responsibility for it. Great job!
Raylene5SatisfiedI liked the fact that the film was coming from the filmmakers experience. I do believe in the mind body connection but have to say I'm skeptical about Dr. Sarno's method. When so many patients have such a remarkable outcome it's hard to say it's not real. I'm glad the filmmaker showed a different way for people to deal with pain. I also like the fact that it was mentioned that it didn't work for everyone. That's true of any kind of treatment. I like to think I have an open mind so I look forward to reading the book. I enjoyed the lively Q & A afterward as well, It's refreshing to listen to people discuss a topic and debate it without it getting out of control.
Ray Bravo21Very SatisfiedI liked the film, very informative, I thought of my wife throughout the film, because of her back pain. I am glad that there are so many who were satisfied with the film. Thanks for the opportunity of viewing this film.
Carol Carrillo21Very SatisfiedThis is a very well crafted documentary. The hypothesis was intriguing, the people were believable, and the editing was top notch. It did its job well as I enjoyed it immensely and felt immediately compelled to share it with my friends and family.
John Dolan - SatisfiedI've always been keenly aware of the effects of stress on my body and mind. This film was a wonderful telling of a personal journey of discovery of the filmmaker's application of mind-body transformation. It also is showing how close minded our medical practitioners can sadly still be when it comes to patient first treatment methods, including those that are not considered mainstream. Well Done!
Justin21Very SatisfiedVery enlightening film and very engaging Q& A.
Samantha Scott - SatisfiedThis film was very interesting and I relate to the content.
Janet Truman3Very SatisfiedSubject matter very provocative. Food for thought and will research. Loved the photography, personalizing of the family, and cameo personalities that further grounded the information. A lot to absorb. The discussion was good - unfortunately, for those hearing difficulties, it was hard to catch all that was responded.
anita fenner1Very SatisfiedI found the film compelling. I believe there is a strong mind/body connection to many physical ailments. However, even believing that, it is not always easy to maintain the mindfulness necessary to relieve discomfort or reduce problems.
Suzy Smith2Very SatisfiedI was more than 'Very Satisfied' with this film. Thank you Michael for making this film. This film needs to be seen. The time is right for this message to be heard and this documentary delivers the message and insights in a very powerful way. I'm going to do everything I can to get the word out!
Robbie Finley1SatisfiedVery fascinating and engaging film, lots of thought provoking things to chew over here. Not sure about the name, however, and the end of the film (with the golfer and Don Buchwald) felt a bit tacked on. Overall, really enjoyed it and hope it is seen by a wide audience.
Jane20SatisfiedVery thought provoking - I'll order the book and learn more. I'm one of the lucky ones who had a great childhood and have never even had a headache! However I have many friends with terrible back problems. I'll suggest the movie to them and will probably give them the book for Xmas!!
Jean10Very SatisfiedA thoughtful look at a difficult subject.
Debra15Very SatisfiedThe film got me thinking... Being a cancer survivor I know the importance of medical science along with the importance of mind and body. I think of it like the story of Peter Pan. He told Wendy if you really believe and with a sprinkle of pixie dust you can fly! I liked how the film maker involved himself by telling his story.
Steven Leibson10SatisfiedAn engrossing look at a doctor who has committed his life to curing people with severe pain who have not been helped by conventional Western medicine. There's still a lot that the medical community/medical industry does not know. One thing we do know is that the brain and amygdala make all sorts of body-regulating chemicals, of which we have only a partial understanding. That Dr. Sarno's approach has helped many people makes it worthy of study. If people can feel better by reading his book, that's great. Just as it's great if people feel better when stuck with pins by an acupuncturist. Getting back to the movie, I'm not sure how I feel by seeing Larry David and Howard Stern appear as providers of testimonials. They're popular, but I'm not a big fan. I'm also not a fan of celebrity testimonials for medical treatments, as they are grossly overused by purveyors of elective surgeries and fringe nutritional treatments. Whether these help or hurt overall, I can't say.
Lisa Skinner23Very SatisfiedI thought this film was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I do believe in a mind/body connection and that emotions can create physical symptoms that are very real and not in your head. (I have watched my daughter work herself into such a state of anxiety that she vomits). If focusing on alleviating emotional pain or blockage can help one avoid surgery, that's fantastic! This probably is not the solution for everyone and one should always consult their doctor too. But medicine is not the cure all for everything. Why not try it?
Kyra Hubis21Very SatisfiedEmpathetic picture of a man, Dr Sarno, fighting an uphill battle against traditional Western medicine and now finally seeing others exploring the mind body connection to some somatic conditions and being taken seriously
Jo - Very SatisfiedInteresting ideas
Fay Harmon23Very SatisfiedI found the film very interesting and well done.
Tonight I ordered Dr. Sarno's book from Amazon to be sent to my niece in Texas who is suffering from back pain.
The mind/body connection is fascinating and I plan to read more of Dr. Sarno's books myself.
- 18Not SatisfiedThis film masqerades as a documentary about "groundbreaking" work in the mind body connection when in reality it does a disservice to actual field - the thousands of practitioners of physical and rehabilitive medicine that incorporate the work of Dr Kabat-Zinn and those that have followed that incorporate mind-body work into a holistic approach including Chinese medicine which for thousands of years have used these foundations. It is reductionist and simplistic to say 90% of back patients in the US presumably as stated in the movie have it rooted in phycological childhood trauma or rage. While the mind body connection to stress and pain and the amplification of pain is real, and it took traditional medicine too long to catch up to that reality, I think this movie will do a great disservice to patients with chronic conditions. 1) there is a saying in medicine, "when you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras" The saying basically highlights for doctors that don't chase the anomaly, play the statistical mean because most patients are horses not zebras. What happens to the 10-12% of back pain suffered in dr Sarno orbit who are not part of his 90%, they've just been told it's all in their head but it's not, they are his zebras. And 2) I ask the filmmaker to consider this approach to pain from a woman's perspective: countless studies show that women's pain gets discounted, they are prescribed less medication than men, they are thought to be faking it more often than men, so imagine hearing from a expert like Sarno not about the mind body connection but about how all of it is in their head. To add to that, most women have had atleast one doctor treat them like they are hysterical or not to be believed. If Dr Sarno approach as portrayed in the movie is to believed, if a patient fights the diagnosis then the problem lies with them, it's a no win situation. I'll admit I had to leave the movie (unrelated reason to movie so I didn't see the end) but the first 5 testimonials I saw in the movie were mean talking about how he's helped them 3) the absurdity that tests don't mean anything. I absolutely believe that an MRI or X-ray is not determinative of pain, but the theories in this movie indicate that a clean MRI is the same as one without structural problems, in our insurance system try to get coverage for treatments physical therapy etc without a structural finding. It does not happen and until insurance treats mind therapy the same as physical interventions - findings on MRIs etc are the only lynchpin into the medical care system. And the finally, if you accept the thesis of the movie, how many therapy sessions should it take to make your chronic back pain, wrist pain go away. The field of mind-body medicine is commonplace throughout Bay Area and in most major cities. I am fearful a movie like this trying to adovacate for what I feel is a flawed but celebrity endorsed niche of an important field will strike another blow to how chronic pain patients are treated in this country. Finally, I would ask the filmmaker - what the personal reactions to his pain to the people in his life before and after he took the Sarno cure. I ask simply because chronic pain is a debilitating condition whether it comes totally from your mind as your movie suggests or from a complex combination of factors including the mind but fundamentally most people don't understand it and therefore have little empathy for those suffering from it. I wish this movie sowed the seeds of empathy but I feel like it might be one more excuse to discount it:
Martha1Very SatisfiedThere is so much we still don't know about the connection of the mind and body. The strength of the film is it opens up the possibility of more research into the connection. It didn't present as a cure all but certainly increases awareness and in many cases can help people who are dealing with psychosomatic pain. The more we explore the more we will understand.
Bridget 3Very SatisfiedEngrossing and thought-provoking. The director's willingness to share his personal journey with chronic pain while telling Dr. Sarno's story made it all the more compelling.
Marsha1Somewhat SatisfiedI was in the mood to be entertained rather than to be convinced of the efficacy of an approach to resolving chronic pain. The testimonials from famous people ran on a bit. I kept looking at my watch. The directors passion about his subject was admirable and I'll probably read the book. Jim Rohn the motivational speaker said that in selling a good idea to any given multitude the groups are well established: the doubters and scoffers, the perplexed, the people who don't know what the heck is going on and the folks who think it's a great idea. The film maker needs to get this film out to more multitudes to get the numbers of believers he wants.
Chris20Very SatisfiedI thought the movie was exceptional. It's important to know how much the mind and body are connected, i.e., stress can cause physical illness. Deal with the stress; you are actually dealing with the physical illness. The movie also features Howard Stern, Larry David and Bernie Sanders (can remember at the moment). This is definitely a movie that can change our thinking regarding physical illness. The movie is well done and personable. I would definitely see it again.
Larry Lauro4Very SatisfiedThe film clarifies that the responsibility for our health lies with ourselves first and then with the medical profession. In a culture that urges us to seek "expert" opinion from toilet cleaner to erectile dysfunction, Dr. Sarno posits the notion that chronic illness has a connection to our emotional condition. Micheal Galinski does a great job capturing the difficult journey of facing chronic illness which impacts the lives of so many. This film makes you take a look into the mirror!
Pam1Very SatisfiedAs an elementary teacher, I have experienced the connection between stress & pain. The more stressful the school year, the more pain & illness I had.
Although I had not heard of Dr. Sarno before seeing the film, I thought his theory was well presented and documented with well-known people that one might trust.
Using the filmmaker's own life & experience as the focus of the film gave more legitimacy to the quest for relief.
I am a person who acknowledges my emotions & regularly lets them out. My husband is the exact opposite. Guess who has the constant back pain. :)
Kathy4SatisfiedVery interesting and thought provoking, shows how important it is to be open minded in finding treatment options. And part about childhood trauma and adult pain. Will read Dr. Sarno's book. Wish I could use mind body connection to grown knee cartilage.
Miriam Leiseroff18Very SatisfiedI thought it was an extraordinary film. I have never heard of Dr. Sarno and I'm really interested in reading his book now. I have some lower back pain and also pain in my hips. My doctor told me it's arthritis. Well, now I'm not so sure... I am so glad you showed this documentary. I was also very impressed with Mr. Galinsky. I certainly cannot understand the negative reviews...
Nathan Lew12Very SatisfiedInteresting documentary that made me really think about what stress I was undergoing when I developed some pain.
Judy Eskinazi 8Not Satisfied1. it was done with a hand held camera
2. if I wanted to hear fake news, I could have stayed home an watch tv.
3. I found the documentary very disappointing and I walked out.
4. I've had two back surgeries one in Europe. I have an adr titanium disk before it was FDA approved in US
5 I need shoulder replacement. And I am looking into imaging and 3D printing.
I missed the first movie of the year and from all my friends' comments it was a good thing.
I am very open minded and I try to look at many points of view but this was insulting and backwards.
Now ask me what I really thought about the movie?€
Terri Lehan23Very SatisfiedI loved the Club Connection with our very own David Lang's inteview included in the film. But as a film, as a reflection of Michael's personal journey and of the efficacy of the Mind/Body connection and Dr. Sarno...this film was a great success.
KC22Very SatisfiedVery informative--definitely thought-provoking. Looking forward to the link so I can do some research!
Joe Bamberg21Very SatisfiedI liked that is was at times a very personal story with some data to suggest that there is some science agreeing with this.
Jannie Quinn2SatisfiedI appreciated you sharing your personal story and family with the audience.
It was a very thought provoking film.
Kim13Very SatisfiedThis was definitely a film that I would not have otherwise seen. It was eye opening in the ideas it presented.