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Self Medicated Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 5, 2007
A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 4, 2007
It's just horrible stuff.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 1, 2007
It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 31, 2007
There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the dangers of directing your own material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 31, 2007
It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2007
Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
August 31, 2007
Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 31, 2007
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 31, 2007
Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 31, 2007
Note to fledgling directors: when making a movie, you don't have to do everything yourself. In fact, you probably shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2007
Self-Medicated must have been cathartic for writer-director-producer-star Monty Lapica to make, but its therapeutic value for audiences is questionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 31, 2007
Heartfelt it clearly is. Disciplined and focused on what's truly intriguing about the story, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2007
On the basis of this film, Monty Lapica, at 24, has a career ahead of him as a director, an actor or both. He also has a life ahead of him, which the film does a great deal to make clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2007
The movie slides toward melodrama with some stale business about the hero spreading his late father's ashes and an embarrassing sequence in which a homeless man washes Lapica's car, delivers a benediction, and magically disappears.
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 31, 2007
It's a precocious performance, although one with melodramatic moments that prevent Lapica from entirely dispelling the specter of vanity self-casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
August 31, 2007
Lapica's debut impresses with its strong, clear voice and desire to tell a very personal story not just of substance abuse but of that abuse's painful root cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2007
Even when it is inelegant, Self-Medicated is a compelling small-scale drama, and Lapica is a talent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2007
This is a movie with a disturbing story to tell, but it promises more for the future of its first-time director, writer and star, Monty Lapica, than it really delivers for a viewer. The picture over-punches its message and ultimately grows tiresome.
Kam Williams
DallasBlack.com
August 31, 2007
Suffers from one serious flaw, the otherwise talented director's choice of himself to star in the picture. Now 24, he's simply a little long in the tooth to try to pass for a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 31, 2007
Monty Lapica's film about the self-destructive behavior of a 17-year-old suffers from severe dramatic droop.
| Original Score: 2/5
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