Girl, Interrupted (1999)



Critic Consensus: Angelina Jolie gives an intense performance, but overall Girl, Interrupted suffers from thin, predictable plotting that fails to capture the power of its source material.

Movie Info

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, Susanna Kaysen was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder-an affliction with symptoms so ambiguous almost any adolescent girl might qualify-and sent to a renowned New England psychiatric hospital where she spent the next two years in a ward for teenage girls. There, Susanna loses herself in an OZ-like nether world of seductive and disturbed young women: among them Lisa, a charming sociopath who stages a disastrous … More

Rating: R (for strong language and content relating to drugs, sexuality and suicide)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Mangold, Anna Hamilton Phelan, Lisa Loomer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
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as Susanna Kaysen

as Dr. Wick

as Tobias Jacobs

as Georgina

as Dr. Potts

as Annette

as Older Catatonic

as Mrs. McWilley

as Prof. Gilcrest

as Mrs. Gilcrest

as Mr. Kaysen

as Bonnie Gilcrest

as Dr. Crumble

as Cabby-Monty Hoover

as ER Nurse

as ER Resident

as Art Teacher

as Maureen

as Van Driver

as Italian Shop Keeper

as Miss Plimack

as Miss Paisley

as Principal

as British Teacher

as Dance Therapist

as ER Doctor

as Tiffany
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Critic Reviews for Girl, Interrupted

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (30)

Does it matter that every time Jolie's offscreen the film wilts a little? Ryder should be perfect as the bright spark; her lines are sharp as a knife. There's a gap, however, between what we hear and what we see.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A muddled production that misses the jarring tone of the autobiographical book by Susanna Kaysen on which it is based. The film is entertaining, but not very powerful.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The inclusion of this picture on [Mangold's] resume will only enhance his future prospects.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Shrewd, tough, and lively.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Meaty roles for an eager young female ensemble. On that level, and on several others, the movie triumphs.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

Audience Reviews for Girl, Interrupted

There's little new in this Hollywood look at mental illness, female style, except that for once the staff is actually given a little respect, like they might know a little about what they're doing. The obvious segues into overblown hysteria are avoided for the most part and the whole affair is not too distasteful.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Based on the autobiographical novel by Susanna Kayson chronicling her time spent in a mental institution following a suicide attempt, Girl, Interrupted is not quite what you'd expect; namely "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest For Chicks". It's true that the story is dominated by Jolie's Oscar winning turn as the rebelliously anti-social yet charismatic Lisa, but the story is a lot more sympathetic towards the staff of the hospital and what they were trying to do. The cast of likeable weirdos make for an engaging bunch of misfits which makes up for the fact that it lacks any real kind of power or emotional resonance and it's nicely non-judgemental when it comes to the depiction of both the inmates and the staff who are genuinely trying to help them. Hardly the most challenging portrait of mental illness but enjoyable none the less.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy

Good Film! It was a very well made film with some terrific acting. Angelina Jolie in probably her best role as an actress won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in that year. Good plot although a little too slow for my taste but decent enough.

Susanna is depressed and directionless after finishing high school in the late 1960's. A suicide attempt lands her in Claymore, a mental institution. She befriends the band of troubled women in her ward (Georgina the pathological liar, the sexually abused Daisy, the burn victim Polly) but falls under the hypnotic sway of Lisa, the wildest and most hardened of the bunch. Will Susanna "drop anchor" at Claymore and perpetually act out like Lisa, or will she finally pull her mind together and leave institutional life behind?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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