• Unrated, 1 hr. 18 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Julian Hobbs
    In Theaters:
    Nov 1, 2005 Wide

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Memoirs of My Nervous Illness Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Under the welter of all this heavy aestheticism, some of the performers are somewhat stymied, but thankfully not Mays.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 19, 2006
Anne Gilbert
Filmcritic.com

indulgent and erudite in a way that only an art film can be

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 17, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is an accomplished and stylistically audacious effort that all too accurately conveys the confusion and mental disarray of its subject's illness, ultimately to its detriment.

December 15, 2006
John Anderson
Newsday
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Director-writer Hobbs, making his feature debut, walks the lip of the campy abyss in this deliberately theatrical rendering of the disturbed mind.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hayes' remarkable portrayal calls forth the madman from the text and, eventually, the human being from the madman.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The psychobabble makes for dry filmmaking until [subject Daniel Paul] Schreber starts going fem. From that point on, it's every man for himself.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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[Jefferson] Mays throws himself into the role of a man who attempts to transform into a woman, but his efforts feel like futile flailings: The actor -- and his character -- are so much bigger than any story we're allowed to see.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The American actor Jefferson Mays is back in rouge and petticoats for Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, a punctilious account of madness and womb envy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 14, 2006
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

A brave and bewildering screen adaptation of a German judge's infamous, proto-Freudian account of his mental breakdown.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2006
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Hobbs' inspired feature sticks close to real-life texts, retaining Schreber's disconcerting mix of Teutonic clarity and schizophrenic imaginings.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 12, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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Julian P. Hobbs's Memories of My Nervous Illness seems to resonate from inside a tin can.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 12, 2006
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