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Mental Reviews

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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+
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
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
Frances Morton
Flicks.co.nz
October 24, 2012
The jokes are obvious, ugly and unfunny. Periods on white couches, anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
November 15, 2012
A bipolar blend of Aussie kitsch and Hollywood sentiment, which relies far too heavily on The Sound Of Music and brassy personalities.
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
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
Josh Forward
Trespass
October 4, 2012
It's not just a case of being poorly made, but being so misguided that it will simultaneously frustrate, disgust and bore audiences everywhere.
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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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 15, 2012
Unless you're in tune with the eccentric humour you'll find this a bewildering dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 15, 2012
The whole film is so aggressively clownish that the only possible response is to cringe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
There are laughs but not enough, and the moments of pathos do not come naturally
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
The humour is sometimes used to hide the pain, while at other times the drama takes precedence and asks us to switch modes. This ambivalent approach is also evident in the differing styles of performance
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
October 5, 2012
A shrill, uneven affair that is light on laughs and populated with characters who either lack sympathy or deserve more of it...the story constantly tries to out-crazy itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 13, 2012
Wrong is wrong. And 'Mental' gets it wrong in too many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
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
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-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 28, 2013
"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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