Mad to Be Normal Reviews

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August 16, 2020
Like Laing's ideas and experiments, "Mad to be Normal" turns out to be much the mixed bag, with just as much worth tossing out as there is to celebrate.
November 30, 2018
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.
October 30, 2018
Mad to Be Normal is an enthralling drama about a man who was both misunderstood and misguided.
August 23, 2018
More illuminating as a character study, with the ever-charismatic Tennant showing how Laing was able to dominate those around him so easily.
August 22, 2018
Mad to Be Normal takes the life story of someone who defied norms in every aspect of his life and then squeezes said story into a traditional biopic. What should have been a film vibrating with Laing's unique energy ends up being unengaging.
August 20, 2018
Mad To Be Normal lingers well after the credits have finished rolling.
May 4, 2018
A thought provoking biopicture focusing on the countercultural life and work of the controversial Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing.
October 12, 2017
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.
April 10, 2017
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 9, 2017
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 7, 2017
It's elevated above bog-standard biopic fare by the performances.
April 7, 2017
Mad to be Normal's pieces don't quite fit, but like Laing himself, it's never boring.
April 7, 2017
David Tennant is on pugnacious, mercurial and beady-eyed form in this very interesting and absorbing film.
April 6, 2017
Tennant is as watchable as ever, resplendent in migraine-inducing psychedelic shirts, walking a fine line between radical visionary and arrogant chancer.
April 6, 2017
Tennant is so commanding you can't tear your eyes away from him.
April 6, 2017
In this touchingly funny, quietly heartbreaking biopic, David Tennant excels as the complex and flawed Laing.
April 3, 2017
Mad to Be Normal boils a fascinating subject down into a slightly clunky, simplistic bio-drama.
April 3, 2017
Tennant's performance is strong, and he gives energy to a script that jolts in different directions looking for focus.
April 3, 2017
The main strength of the film is Tennant's charisma. He succeeds in capturing the mercurial aspects to R.D Laing's personality & keeps us invested despite high levels of sleaze & behaviour so morally off the charts it makes for uncomfortable viewing.
April 3, 2017
Mullan fails miserably to let us inside his characters' heads. For a film about psychiatry, that's an inexcusable flaw.
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