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Mental Reviews

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
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
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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
Fiona Williams
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
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+
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
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
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
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
Simon Foster
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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