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Self Medicated Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2007
Lapica isn't yet enough of a writer or director (or an actor) to make the dramatic arc unpredictable in any way. It may be effective for some as therapy. It is far less so as cinematic storytelling.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 28, 2007
If Brightway's main contribution to Lapica's life was to convince him to take up filmmaking, they deserved to be shut down by the government.
| Original Score: 3/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 4, 2007
It's just horrible stuff.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 30, 2007
So earnest that it drools its messages all over the place, like an intoxicated teenager slurring his words without the presence of mind to think about what he's saying or how.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
July 9, 2006
One problem is that these are supposed to be high school students, and not one of them looks under 25. A story isn't a good one just because it's supposed to be true, here's proof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 31, 2007
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
| Original Score: C+
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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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2007
Self-Medicated has won more accolades than Brokeback Mountain, not a single one for its side-splitting dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 30, 2007
While it is unfortunate that Monty Lapica had to live through the events portrayed in Self Medicated, it is even more unfortunate that he felt compelled not only to write and direct a film based on those events but to star in it as well.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 30, 2007
As director, Lapica labors to affect a kind of stark, airless 'realism,' yet long before Andrew's eleventh-hour encounter with a saintly, homily-spouting homeless man, Self-Medicated reveals itself as a uniquely narcissistic fantasy.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Denver Post
September 6, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2007
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