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Self Medicated Reviews

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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
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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.
| Original Score: C-
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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
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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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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
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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.
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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
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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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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
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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
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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.
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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.