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Self Medicated Reviews

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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
August 31, 2007
Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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
Kam Williams
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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 30, 2007
Self Medicated is that rare treat: a really good movie and, one hopes for Lapica, the start of something even bigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
August 24, 2007
Lapica has based the story on his own personal struggle to survive a troubled Vegas adolescence intact, and the skilled assurance and confidence of his first film imparts a seriousness and depth way beyond his years.
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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 20, 2007
A daunting and impressive debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
August 16, 2007
First-time writer-director-producer-actor is a fellow to watch. This debut film, which won 40 awards at festivals, is a trenchant, albeit tearjerking, look at a 17-year-old on the road to self-destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Erik Childress
August 11, 2007
[Director] Lapica displays a nice flair behind the camera giving the film a polished leg-up on the usual dry melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2007
Newcomer Monty Lapica makes an assured debut on both sides of the camera in Self-Medicated, a lightly fictionalized account of his drug-abusing high school years and attempted rehabilitation at a controversial treatment center.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
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
Shawn Levy
August 31, 2007
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2007
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Denver Post
September 6, 2007
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