Mental Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 18, 2012
[A] heavy-handed satire on Australian suburban life ...
Rich Cline
November 16, 2012
Even for a riotous Australian black comedy, this film packs in just a bit too much chaos. It's consistently smart and funny, with lively characters and especially witty dialog, but some of the sideroads never go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 16, 2012
Collette never gives a less than watchable performance but she is asked to overplay her hand with diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 16, 2012
One of the most unusual comedies you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 15, 2012
Unless you're in tune with the eccentric humour you'll find this a bewildering dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 15, 2012
A knockabout black comedy from Australia that starts off exhilaratingly mad and funny, then progressively loses its edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2012
The movie is surreal, uncontrolled, frenzied: a gift that goes on giving, even though at some points you beg it to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 15, 2012
The whole film is so aggressively clownish that the only possible response is to cringe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
November 15, 2012
A bipolar blend of Aussie kitsch and Hollywood sentiment, which relies far too heavily on The Sound Of Music and brassy personalities.
Matthew Turner
November 15, 2012
This is a hugely entertaining Australian comedy-drama with terrific comic performances from a fine ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 15, 2012
Hogan demonstrates a sure ear for droll dialogue and his script - while occasionally too broad for some audiences - is delivered with delirious panache by his up-for-it cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 13, 2012
Wrong is wrong. And 'Mental' gets it wrong in too many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Oliver Pfeiffer
Total Film
November 1, 2012
Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
The humour is sometimes used to hide the pain, while at other times the drama takes precedence and asks us to switch modes. This ambivalent approach is also evident in the differing styles of performance
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
There are laughs but not enough, and the moments of pathos do not come naturally
Frances Morton
October 24, 2012
The jokes are obvious, ugly and unfunny. Periods on white couches, anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 18, 2012
Mental is the love child of Mary Poppins and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's an Australian cult-classic in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
October 6, 2012
It had me in its spell from start to finish and I ran the gauntlet of every possible emotion along the way. Outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 5, 2012
A shrill, uneven affair that is light on laughs and populated with characters who either lack sympathy or deserve more of it...the story constantly tries to out-crazy itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Forward
October 4, 2012
It's not just a case of being poorly made, but being so misguided that it will simultaneously frustrate, disgust and bore audiences everywhere.
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