Girl, Interrupted Reviews

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Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 14, 2008
Meaty roles for an eager young female ensemble. On that level, and on several others, the movie triumphs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
We end up getting thin supporters as seen through the eyes of a main character that doesn't do anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Sounding like the scribblings from a teenager's diary, the 28-year-old Ryder lapses into self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 4, 2005
The two leads play to their strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The screenplay, by helmer Mangold, is by the numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The acting by Ryder, Jolie, and Goldberg is excellent enough to forgive the problems inherent in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Girl, Interrupted" is Hollywood's latest simple-minded treatment of mental illness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 15, 2002
A listless showcase of Hollywood clichés about crazy people, the '60s, and women, a reactionary, distaff Cuckoo's Nest.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
[Jolie's] rantings and ravings are so studied and predictable that her work here is truly one of the worst performances of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
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.
Tom Coates
July 3, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
It offers a penetrating look into a world few of us will (thankfully) never see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 22, 2001
It's difficult to make a film about depressive types that isn't depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The inclusion of this picture on [Mangold's] resume will only enhance his future prospects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Ryder pulls out all the emotional stops and is utterly convincing as the emotionally wounded teenager.
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
Ryder and Jolie both give excellent performances, earnestly committing themselves (pardon the pun) to roles that are sometimes melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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