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Self Medicated Reviews

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September 5, 2007
A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 4, 2007
It's just horrible stuff.
September 1, 2007
It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
August 31, 2007
It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 31, 2007
Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 31, 2007
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2007
Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
August 31, 2007
Heartfelt it clearly is. Disciplined and focused on what's truly intriguing about the story, not so much.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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
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
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.
August 31, 2007
This is a complicated, three-dimensional woman full of pain, heartbreak, confusion and, most of all, love, Venora painting this portrait of motherly devotion as if she were Picasso reincarnated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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