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Mental (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 30

Mental is a well-acted black comedy that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a lack of comic discipline.

20

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

Mental is a well-acted black comedy that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a lack of comic discipline.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,603

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Movie Info

Set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, MENTAL is written and directed by PJ Hogan and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. The comedy stars Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, About A Boy, The Sixth Sense), Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace, Balibo), Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters), Kerry Fox (Cloudstreet, Bright Star), Caroline Goodall (Dorian Gray) Deborah Mailman

Unrated,

Horror, Art House & International, Comedy

P.J. Hogan

Jul 1, 2013

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (30)

The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The humour is every bit as rude and raucous as before, but Hogan's touch here seems heavy handed and the use of songs from The Sound of Music doesn't work nearly so well as the joyous Abba tunes that drove Muriel's Wedding.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

There are some big laughs and fine performances, yet not enough realistic grounding in the characters or story to sustain its dramatic transition in the second half.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Enjoyable performances can't compensate for the film's lack of control: in Hogan's hands the broad humor sells out the sincerity, and when that mark is missed, we end up at twee.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Hilarious but a tonal bucking bronco, the effort is perhaps best reserved for viewers in the mood for a runaway mine cart viewing experience, willing to absorb all the chaos Hogan happily provides.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

A kooky comedy in which a spirited cast is almost suffocated by too-aggressive direction.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If one wants to see Toni Collette light a fart on fire, well, this misguided reunion with her Muriel's Wedding director may be the only chance they get.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

It's a bewilderingly strange movie, the kind of thing that one might write off as being lost in translation from its Australian origin before realizing it wasn't that funny there either.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Not every cute movie about the mentally ill is Oscar worthy, but this touching and riotous one from Down Under works well enough.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Collette anchors the film with a selfless, let-it-all-hang-out performance that sets an agreeably anarchic tone.

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Audience Reviews for Mental

I think this film is misunderstood. At no time does the film ever really even faintly pretend to paint a realistic portrayal of Mental illness. That would be in bad taste considering the content. It merely points out certain things us humans do that are pretty odd or 'Mental' or however you want to describe it. P.J. Hogan and Toni Collette made a great film together in the early 90's called Muriel's Wedding. It is brilliant. Everyone I know who saw it, loved it. Everyone else I think have passed it off as another 'Chick-Flick' and haven't bothered. Considering P. J. Hogan made My Best Friend's Wedding and Confessions of a Shopaholic since, I don't at all blame them. I looked forward to another collaboration and thankfully it was the one us Muriel fans wanted. Mental was probably joint funniest film for me in 2013 alongside Behind the Candelabra. The acting is great, the characters brilliant and the script is fantastic. "Mental is a Shark". If you like your comedy to be a little bit odd, a little quirky and a little in your face without being disgusting than check it out. I love it and I laughed from the belly.
January 14, 2014
SirPant

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I think that the people that wrote, and produced this movie, are mental....really dumb movie.
August 15, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Nice movie, really enjoyed it. Toni Colette was a little over the top, but I loved the teenage cast - especially Lilly Sullivan as Coral. The relationship between her and Trout I thought played really nicely. Good moral to the story which normalizes the little quirks and hang ups most of us have.
April 1, 2013
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