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Brain on Fire (2016)




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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.


Chloë Grace Moretz
as Susannah Cahalan
Richard Armitage
as Tom Cahalan
Thomas Mann
as Stephen
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Rhona Nack
Tyler Perry
as Richard
Agam Darshi
as Dr. Khan
Navid Negahban
as Dr. Najjar
Sachin Sahel
as MRI Technician
Robert Moloney
as Dr. Russo
Elizabeth Bowen
as Publicist
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Critic Reviews for Brain on Fire

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

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…

One of those rare films that help spread awareness of a disease which many wouldn't have heard of.

September 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The medical misfire Brain On Fire is based on a true story and apparently its producers thought this was sufficient reason to breathe life into the project. It is not.

May 3, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The true-life medical drama is less likely to bring awareness to a very rare autoimmune disorder than it is to be consumed as a low-rent imitator of Safe, Todd Haynes' 1995 parable.

April 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

...a fairly compelling premise that's employed to consistently underwhelming effect by writer/director Gerard Barrett...

September 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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