Mad to Be Normal Reviews

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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.
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.
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