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Mental Reviews

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Top Critic
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
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+
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
March 25, 2013
A cuckoo comedy that puts the fun in dysfunctional.
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
Rich Cline
November 16, 2012
Even for a riotous Australian black comedy, this film packs in just a bit too much chaos. It's consistently smart and funny, with lively characters and especially witty dialog, but some of the sideroads never go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
November 16, 2012
One of the most unusual comedies you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 15, 2012
A knockabout black comedy from Australia that starts off exhilaratingly mad and funny, then progressively loses its edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2012
The movie is surreal, uncontrolled, frenzied: a gift that goes on giving, even though at some points you beg it to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
November 15, 2012
This is a hugely entertaining Australian comedy-drama with terrific comic performances from a fine ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 15, 2012
Hogan demonstrates a sure ear for droll dialogue and his script - while occasionally too broad for some audiences - is delivered with delirious panache by his up-for-it cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Oliver Pfeiffer
Total Film
November 1, 2012
Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 18, 2012
Mental is the love child of Mary Poppins and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's an Australian cult-classic in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
October 6, 2012
It had me in its spell from start to finish and I ran the gauntlet of every possible emotion along the way. Outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 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
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
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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