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Mental Reviews

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October 4, 2012
The crux of Mental's irksome inability to entertain is that a majority of its comedy scenes resolutely fail in their goal to change perceptions of psychiatric illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 4, 2012
He did it so well the first time with MURIEL'S WEDDING and it's much lesser this time, I think. For me it didn't work on almost every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 4, 2012
Although PJ Hogan professes that he's representing real life as he knows it on screen, for audiences he walks a fine line between the grotesque and the compassionate and for me, he succeeds, painfully but gracefully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2012
The intermittent one-liners can't sustain the film's overweight running time, its disjointed plotting and its several false endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 4, 2012
If you are willing to go along with the darker comedy, the outrageous nature of many scenes will leave you laughing openly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 2, 2012
Mental's flaws are never fatal, and its commitment to an unhinged, sometimes episodic, contrast between the crass and the poignant is a welcome comeback from a filmmaker whose Hollywood sojourn became increasingly straitjacketed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2012
Taking its stylistic cues from its wild leading lady, this daring and darkly-hued comedy matches its subversive laughs with genuine heart.
October 2, 2012
Collette's performance anchors the film: it has a fierce, uncompromising quality that gives strength to the film's two interwoven tendencies - in-your-face comedy and emotional distress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 30, 2012
...due to a mortifyingly miscalculated lead performance and haphazard writing, Mental is often as funny as a burning orphanage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2012
This is clearly an aesthetic that [Hogan] adores, but the unbridled joie de vivre he specialises in has also resulted in a deeply indulgent, wildly unwieldy film that ultimately feels as schizophrenic as several of his characters.
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