Brain on Fire

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Brain on Fire follows Cahalan (Moretz), a rising journalist at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices. As weeks go by and Susannah rapidly descends into insanity, she moves inexplicably from violence to catatonia. Following a series of outbursts, misdiagnoses and a prolonged hospital stay, a lucky last-minute intervention by one doctor finally gives her a diagnosis and hope to rebuild her life.

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Critic Reviews for Brain on Fire

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (14)

  • We watch Chloe Grace Moretz's epic meltdown from a bored distance, until the drama remembers its lost calling as a disease-of-the-week movie. At that point, we receive the abrupt news of a cure with an indifferent shrug.

    September 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of role for which the Razzies were invented, and what little audience it finds will almost certainly be heckling as they watch Moretz implode.

    September 18, 2016 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • As the drama ramps up, we're stuck firmly in dreary TV movie territory and Moretz starts to struggle with the challenges of the role.

    September 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • Brain on Fire is like a virus itself, trying to infect an otherwise interest story with its own mediocre movie clichés.

    March 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Brain condition ravages young reporter's life; swearing.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite its best efforts... Brain on Fire is a 90-minute shrug.

    June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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