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Lost and Delirious (2001)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 29

Lost and Delirious becomes exactly that, as the film sinks into overwrought melodrama and cliched, obvious symbolism.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 11

Lost and Delirious becomes exactly that, as the film sinks into overwrought melodrama and cliched, obvious symbolism.



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Three schoolgirls learn about the joys, sorrows, and varieties of love in this drama based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Mary (Mischa Barton) is a quiet girl who is still recovering from the death of her mother. Mary's father and new stepmother, who are blind to her emotional needs, send her away to an all-girls college, where Mary becomes fast friends with her new roommates, sophisticated Paulie (Piper Perabo) and worldly Tory (Jessica Pare). But Mary soon discovers that Paulie


Drama, Romance

Judith Thompson

Dec 11, 2001

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (29) | DVD (9)

Their characters may feel lost, but Ms. Perabo and Ms. Paré rank among the finds of the year.

August 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Barely skirting the lip of the ridiculous.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Pool and Thompson have turned a tough-minded, solid narrative into a campy piece of kitsch that panders to teenage angst.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Evokes the intimacies of teenage girls with unusual delicacy, and Perabo's performance is a geyser of emotion.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Equally earnest and unconvincing.

July 20, 2001
Washington Post
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Its treatment of the operatic highs and lows of young love and heartbreak feels right emotionally, even though the film tells its story rather awkwardly.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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During the long sit, we get symbolism lobbed into our laps like a large you-go-girlfriend beach ball.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

Pool convierte el inerte celuloide en un pedazo vivo de realidad humana. Una película que navega de lo frágil a lo tosco y de vuelta.

June 8, 2002

A teen-lesbian Phenomenon without the maggots and psychotic chimp.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Way too little, too late.

December 30, 2001 Full Review Source:

Rarely has a filmmaker captured the essence of those moments between adolescence and adulthood with the skill and sensitivity Pool does.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

Shakespearean drama as penned by a love-struck pubescent girl.

October 4, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Well-intentioned but curiously out-of-date...far too earnest for its own good.

August 28, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Perabo is a revelation, wild and fiery.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This movie goes so far in the opposite direction of most films about teenagers that it might anger some viewers with its no-holds-barred honesty.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Less than an overwhelming success, but it's still touching and troubling, and amounts to much more than the average portrayal of teen angst.

August 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Overly concerned with not offending its audience.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

It takes place at a girls' school whose students are discovering love for the first time, so the unguarded, adolescent ripeness of their emotions feels right to me.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film is like an after-school special turned over for re-editing to both a romance novelist and a lurid specialist in peekaboo.

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

While I applaud the effort to get such an interesting story to the screen, it failed to convince me that this story was entertaining.

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Trades

A fascinatingly beautiful film.

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Bogged down in a wearying tone of longing, intense heartbreak and mad symbolic flights of Shakespeare.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen

A powerful, affecting story of first love with all its joy, exuberance, angst and sorrow.

July 27, 2001
Calgary Sun

Boasts a blistering performance by emerging American star Piper Perabo.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Lost and Delirious

I saw this on television years ago and have seen it a couple more times after that. It has some how stayed with me as I thought it wasn't your typical teen movie, it was much more dark and dramatic. The acting by the young girls were pretty good. There's also girl on girl action in here if you're into that.
June 11, 2009

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Blows with a capital B
November 30, 2007
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Teen love is so difficult when the love affair ends. And then there are all the images - this film reminds me of the plays we had to dissect in school - What is the significants of the raptor, of the Lady MacBeth quotes, etc. What is the role of the third person (Marissa from the OC) in the friendship?

As an aside, I like it when I notice it is a Canadian film too
August 12, 2007

Super Reviewer

Two souls united. Two hearts entwined. A casual observer taken into the fold...becomes a friend...becomes a confidante. Together we make each other stronger or...we have the capacity to tear each other down. Two in love and a third to see, but what is left in the end when one succumbs to the will of a close-minded family and there room for love when convention rules the day? Can you break down those walls built over time by family and see what your heart truly wants you to see? Will you plant the seed or be planted yourself? Move with this movie and be moved. It is a masterpiece.
July 17, 2007

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