• R, 2 hr. 7 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James Mangold
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 30, 2001
  • Sony Pictures

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Girl, Interrupted Reviews

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Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2008
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

We end up getting thin supporters as seen through the eyes of a main character that doesn't do anything.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

Sounding like the scribblings from a teenager's diary, the 28-year-old Ryder lapses into self-parody.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The two leads play to their strengths.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 4, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The screenplay, by helmer Mangold, is by the numbers.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

The acting by Ryder, Jolie, and Goldberg is excellent enough to forgive the problems inherent in the script.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Girl, Interrupted" is Hollywood's latest simple-minded treatment of mental illness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2002
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

A listless showcase of Hollywood clichés about crazy people, the '60s, and women, a reactionary, distaff Cuckoo's Nest.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

April 15, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

[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 Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 8, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 5, 2002
Tom Coates
BBC.com

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 Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

It offers a penetrating look into a world few of us will (thankfully) never see.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's difficult to make a film about depressive types that isn't depressing.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

February 22, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The inclusion of this picture on [Mangold's] resume will only enhance his future prospects.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine

Ryder pulls out all the emotional stops and is utterly convincing as the emotionally wounded teenager.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Ryder and Jolie both give excellent performances, earnestly committing themselves (pardon the pun) to roles that are sometimes melodramatic.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
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