David and Lisa (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

David and Lisa (1962)

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A pair of institutionalized, mentally ill adolescents create a delicate and problematic situation for administrators and staff when they fall deeply in love. This Oscar-winning independent drama is based on Theodore Isaac Rubin's fact-based novel.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
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Runtime:
Studio:
Continental

Cast

Keir Dullea
as David Clemens
Janet Margolin
as Lisa Brandt
Howard Da Silva
as Dr. Alan Swinford
Neva Patterson
as Mrs. Clemens
Richard McMurray
as Mr. Clemens
Nancy Nutter
as Maureen
Coni Hudak
as Kate
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Critic Reviews for David and Lisa

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Deeply touching.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

[Frank Perry] has done a simple, commendable, sympathetic semi-documentary.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Probably not everything it was cracked up to be in 1963.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The understated charm of David and Lisa is what set the movie apart from so many other attempts at depicting the problems of the mentally ill.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TV Guide

... strong performances and sensitive direction create a moving drama...

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
MSN.com

Frank Perry's soft, romanticized look at two misfits in an asylumn, played by the attractive Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin, this early indie film became a campus favorite in the 1960s and led the way to the rise of independent cinema in the 1970s.

Full Review… | April 28, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for David and Lisa

Nice! One of the earlier intelligent films addressing real issues without honey coating..in this case the mental issues of youth. Charming and better than the most recent efforts on the same topic.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This film is just okay. I think a lot of the diagnoses in the film are outdated and some are just laughable. I agree with some of the other comments that Lisa speaking in rhyme got annoying and redundant. Sure glad both the title characters were cured by the end of the film by just their sheer love for one another.

Sarah Osinsky
Sarah Osinsky
½

Though naive in certain respects, it's the understated charm of David and Lisa is what set the movie apart from so many other attempts at depicting the problems of the mentally ill.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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