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Movie Info

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman exposes conditions at a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane.

Cast & Crew

David Eames
Associate Producer
John Marshall
Cinematographer
Alyne Model
Film Editor

Critic Reviews for Titicut Follies

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11)

  • A sort of harrowing tragicomedy, with images of force-feeding, bullying, strip-searching, and the staff's indifference to inmates, all culminating in an institution-wide talent show called the Titicut Follies.

    May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The stage, where odd behavior reigns, blurs the lines of sanity and confers an hour of equality.

    December 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Titicut is primarily just shocking; it's an angry polemic about the state of the mental health care system, not a multifaceted portrait of an environment.

    March 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Titicut Follies is one of the most despairing documentaries I have ever seen; more immediate than fiction because these people are real; more savage than satire because it seems to be neutral.

    January 23, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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    January 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Titicut Follies is incredibly difficult to watch but it is a film of potent, declarative power.

    October 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Titicut Follies

  • Jul 11, 2012
    Shocking and full of precious footages, Titicus Follies it's a unique vision of tormented minds. An impacting film, which it's very important in all the years. Wiseman's disturbing documentary presents a terrific theme and teach to re-educate the psychologic system and the respect to the other person. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2011
    Director Frederick Wiseman refrains from narrating a message to correspond with the images he depicts. He shapes the film in such a way that it feels as helpless, maddening and overwhelming as the material itself. There is profound sadness in this documentary. It is not something I will easily shake off or forget; I think it is some kind of masterpiece in its own way.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2010
    Disturbing in ways that fiction only fantasizes to be. To imagine living in an asylum like this is extremely terrifying. The home movie style filming of the inmates and guards really makes it evident how surreal and relevant this documentary is. The wide range of patients is probably the most interesting aspect, you have some who clearly need to be there and others that are being held captive and kept quiet. I can see why it was banned, obviously, sometimes the truth is just a little too much for people to handle. Any fan of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest should definitely check this out, it's truly magnificent.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2009
    Interesting and depressing look into a prison for the mentally insane in the 60s. Hard to watch at times, but pretty intriguing stuff.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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