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Girl, Interrupted Reviews

June 24, 2006
Does it matter that every time Jolie's offscreen the film wilts a little? Ryder should be perfect as the bright spark; her lines are sharp as a knife. There's a gap, however, between what we hear and what we see.
June 18, 2002
A muddled production that misses the jarring tone of the autobiographical book by Susanna Kaysen on which it is based. The film is entertaining, but not very powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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March 19, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
If only the story of Susanna's evolution didn't keep getting interrupted by everything else.
January 1, 2000
The film generates real empathy, without too much let's-laugh -at- the -crazy- people humor or too much stereotyping.
January 1, 2000
Unevenly structured and directed, its sensibility only one notch above that of a Lifetime telepic.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
Almost everyone here seems at least a little cartoonlike.
January 1, 2000
It has neither the clarity nor strength of purpose to engage an audience much beyond the converted.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Unsatisfying and unconvincing.
January 1, 2000
Ample proof of both Ryder's commitment to this project and her easy dominance as above-the-title star.
January 1, 2000
The inclusion of this picture on [Mangold's] resume will only enhance his future prospects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Fiendishly feline Jolie is stressed to impress, but her efforts are foiled by a script that keeps her tiger caged.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Although there are individual scenes of powerful acting, there doesn't seem to be a destination.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
It's difficult to imagine any actress today bringing more sentience and intelligence to [Ryder's] role.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The results are predictable and stale.
January 1, 2000
As we take our mental health for granted, Girl, Interrupted does justice to those who ultimately can't.
January 1, 2000
Ryder is no Jack Nicholson. And Whoopi Goldberg sure as hell ain't Louise Fletcher.
January 1, 2000
Never engages the viewer at a gut level.
January 1, 2000
They've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
January 1, 2000
The best work [Ryder's] ever done.
January 1, 2000
Unrelenting grimness settles over the movie like a soupy fog, changing shape only to add unnecessary suspense to the more ominous -- and obvious -- plot turns.
January 1, 2000
Ryder's is an earnest, well-meaning performance -- and she also coproduced the movie -- but the book's interesting tension and dark humor are pretty much absent.
January 1, 2000
You can drive yourself crazy, or you can get over it. The choice is yours.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
[Ryder] is often just a crumpled, listless figure on a bed, which, while true to the nature of depression, is not, cinematically speaking, the most arresting image.
January 1, 2000
It's an odd mixture of an unsentimental, darkly humorous take on mental illness with the usual Hollywood loony-bin cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
What helps the film stay as honest as it manages to sporadically be are the purity and grace of its lead performances by Ryder and Angelina Jolie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Sensitive, well-acted.
January 1, 2000
Shrewd, tough, and lively.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
Misses what was most engaging about Kaysen's memoir -- the unique sound of her voice, mostly drowned out here by too familiar attitudes and melodrama.
January 1, 2000
Not even foxy sociopath Angelina Jolie can save this nut-house drama.