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Mental Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 18, 2013
The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 2, 2013
The humour is every bit as rude and raucous as before, but Hogan's touch here seems heavy handed and the use of songs from The Sound of Music doesn't work nearly so well as the joyous Abba tunes that drove Muriel's Wedding.
Todd Jorgenson
March 29, 2013
There are some big laughs and fine performances, yet not enough realistic grounding in the characters or story to sustain its dramatic transition in the second half.
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2013
Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 29, 2013
The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
March 28, 2013
Enjoyable performances can't compensate for the film's lack of control: in Hogan's hands the broad humor sells out the sincerity, and when that mark is missed, we end up at twee.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 28, 2013
"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.
| Original Score: 2/5
Marc Mohan
March 28, 2013
Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 28, 2013
A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
March 28, 2013
Hilarious but a tonal bucking bronco, the effort is perhaps best reserved for viewers in the mood for a runaway mine cart viewing experience, willing to absorb all the chaos Hogan happily provides.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 28, 2013
A kooky comedy in which a spirited cast is almost suffocated by too-aggressive direction.
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
March 28, 2013
Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
March 27, 2013
If one wants to see Toni Collette light a fart on fire, well, this misguided reunion with her Muriel's Wedding director may be the only chance they get.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Tallerico
March 27, 2013
It's a bewilderingly strange movie, the kind of thing that one might write off as being lost in translation from its Australian origin before realizing it wasn't that funny there either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 26, 2013
Artistic inspiration can be close to madness, but Mental is just plain nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
March 25, 2013
A cuckoo comedy that puts the fun in dysfunctional.
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Richard Kuipers
March 25, 2013
Much of the humor is driven by a savage near-hatred of everything suburban, which frequently undermines its own effectiveness, and poses a barrier to auds engaging emotionally with the central character.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 14, 2013
Not every cute movie about the mentally ill is Oscar worthy, but this touching and riotous one from Down Under works well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 19, 2012
Collette anchors the film with a selfless, let-it-all-hang-out performance that sets an agreeably anarchic tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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