Actor Dean Cain on 'Gosnell' Movie: Successful Despite Critics Not Reviewing the Film

Nick Kangadis | October 15, 2018

It should come as no surprise to anyone that understands the way Hollywood operates that they wouldn’t want to touch a film that doesn’t fall in lockstep with their cult-like political agenda.

“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” is one of those films.

Lead actor Dean Cain joined “Fox & Friends” Monday morning to talk about the film’s success in its first weekend at box office despite being shown on a limited number of screens.

“For a small independent movie like us, with very few screens, we did very, very well, so I am ecstatic,” Cain said.

The film debuted in 12th place, grossing $1,235,800 on 673 screens nationwide. By comparison, the debuting film “First Man,” which omits the planting of the American flag on the Moon, grossed only $16.5 million in its first week, despite being on over five times as many screens as “Gosnell.”

Cain noted how film critics aren’t reviewing the film because of the subject matter. There’s something to Cain’s assertion when you look at film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes take the astoundingly small amount of reviews into account.

The only reason “Gosnell” has a positive critic rating (67 percent) on Rotten Tomatoes' is because only six critics reviewed the film, and only two are from publications most people have heard of. By the way, those two reviews from prominent critics — both negative.

As for the only critics that I ever pay attention to, everyday people who went out to see the film, 99 percent of the 542 audience reviews were said to have “liked it.”

Cain was asked about why he thinks so few prominent film critics reviewed “Gosnell,” and his response was brilliant.

“I’m not saying they’re getting marching orders and talking points,” Cain responded, “but they’re getting marching orders and talking points.”

You can watch Cain’s full interview below:


I got to see an advanced screening of the film in preparation for an interview with co-producer and co-writer of the film, Phelim McAleer. While chilling and at times disturbing, even without the film showing any gore, the film did a great job of laying out as many details about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s practices and subsequent murder trial.

Even for people that may know about the Gosnell case, the film informs the viewer — while also entertaining them — of the depths of Gosnell’s depravity.

The movie was well cast, and I’d highly suggest a viewing of the film for anyone that likes courtroom dramas.

You can view the trailer for the movie here: