Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.
| Original Score: 3/5
Meaty roles for an eager young female ensemble. On that level, and on several others, the movie triumphs.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
We end up getting thin supporters as seen through the eyes of a main character that doesn't do anything.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sounding like the scribblings from a teenager's diary, the 28-year-old Ryder lapses into self-parody.
| Original Score: 2/5
The two leads play to their strengths.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The screenplay, by helmer Mangold, is by the numbers.
| Original Score: C+
The acting by Ryder, Jolie, and Goldberg is excellent enough to forgive the problems inherent in the script.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jolie enlivens every scene she's in --- so much so that whenever she's not on screen, many viewers go into a state of suspended animation waiting for her to come back.
Girl, Interrupted" is Hollywood's latest simple-minded treatment of mental illness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
A listless showcase of Hollywood clichés about crazy people, the '60s, and women, a reactionary, distaff Cuckoo's Nest.
[Jolie's] rantings and ravings are so studied and predictable that her work here is truly one of the worst performances of all time.
| Original Score: short
The drama makes the point that society still doesn't know how to deal with the multiple yearnings of women who don't want to follow in their mothers' path.
You're left wishing the film had a little more faith in its audience, for then this well-put-together movie might have provoked more thought, and slightly less irritation.
It offers a penetrating look into a world few of us will (thankfully) never see.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's difficult to make a film about depressive types that isn't depressing.
| Original Score: C-
The inclusion of this picture on [Mangold's] resume will only enhance his future prospects.
Ryder pulls out all the emotional stops and is utterly convincing as the emotionally wounded teenager.
Ryder and Jolie both give excellent performances, earnestly committing themselves (pardon the pun) to roles that are sometimes melodramatic.
| Original Score: B