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Self Medicated Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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
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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August 20, 2007
A daunting and impressive debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
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
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.
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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