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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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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

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

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A thought provoking biopicture focusing on the countercultural life and work of the controversial Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's fascinating and particularly well cast but, despite Tennant's watchable efforts, the decision to concentrate on the Kingsley Hall years rather than more of Laing's life proves a frustrating one.

October 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

David Tennant [plays the role] with conviction and a nice Glaswegian drawl, but the film is a dodgy business that makes things up -- including a pregnant girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) -- for no good reason.

April 10, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

There's plenty of jazzy paisley shirts, flamboyant velvet suits and on-the-nose music cues to denote its psychedelic 1960s setting, but these elements do little to soften Laing's eye-raisingly invasive and possibly inappropriate approach to his patients.

April 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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