On the Edge (2001)

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Jonathan is nineteen and suicidal when he is admitted to a psychiatric hospital by his older brother, following the death of the boys' father. There, he meets and befriends two other patients while undergoing what he believes to be bogus therapy. One of his new friends is a suicidal girl called Rachel, with whom he soon begins to fall in love.

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Critic Reviews for On the Edge

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

The pieces are all exceptionally well-cast -- credit producer Jana Sue Memel and casting directors Mary Margiotta and Karen Margiotta -- and none outstays its welcome, which is the great advantage of short films.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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A well-handled if well-worn look at the spectre of suicide and mental illness.

Apr 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An Irish "Good Will Hunting" of sorts, but edgier (no pun intended).

Sep 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Murphy's characterization has both edginess and charm and it carries the film.

Jun 8, 2002

The healing power of petty rebellion.

May 14, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Jonathan Jackson is about as Irish as a taco.

Apr 28, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for On the Edge

An Irish 'Good Will Hunting'; only not as good.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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That Cillian Murphy is one talented actor is not a doubt, be proved himself once again in the drama, On the edge, playing the role of Jonathan Breech a suicidal young guy who attempted many times to kill himself. He was put in therapy in a psychiatric hospital. There he met Rachel and Toby,both disturbed but they created a great friendship. During the treatment, the sarcastic Jonathan changed his behavior and saw the importance of being alive.On the Edge showed an unusual theme, the behavior of persons who survived suicide attempts.But the plot was sometimes pointless and the motives of the lead character was never clear: Was he troubled due to family circumstances or was he just crazy and disturbed? The acting was great, with the exception of Stephen Rea, who had a weak performance as the psychiatrist that did not seem to help his patients.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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Great coming of age story. It's fun, sad and deep. Everything you want, but feel you can't ask for in a teen drama. The acting is amazing, Cillian Murphy is clearly one of the best actors of his generation and played his role perfectly. There's a whole Cuckoo's Nest feel to it which I really liked, mixed in with Catcher in the Rye. It just makes you wonder what life is worth living for.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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½

For anyone who has watched the film 'Manic' it's a very similar storyline, based inside a Psychiatric Hospital with various characters, who come to life and communicate through their various conditions. A very likeable performance from Cillian Murphy.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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