Mad to Be Normal (2018)

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Mad To Be Normal reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland's greatest ever minds. Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His revolutionary methods involved experimenting with LSD on his patients and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia, causing outrage and controversy in the medical profession and radically changing attitudes and perceptions of mental health around the world.

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David Tennant is on pugnacious, mercurial and beady-eyed form in this very interesting and absorbing film.

Apr 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad to Be Normal boils a fascinating subject down into a slightly clunky, simplistic bio-drama.

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Tennant's performance is strong, and he gives energy to a script that jolts in different directions looking for focus.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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David Tennant's masterful portrayal of a man driven to do good, but with astonishingly little self-awareness of the chaos he leaves in his wake, is a delight to watch -- though we don't get enough context.

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mad to Be Normal is an enthralling drama about a man who was both misunderstood and misguided.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

More illuminating as a character study, with the ever-charismatic Tennant showing how Laing was able to dominate those around him so easily.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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