Titicut Follies Reviews

October 29, 2018
Titicut Follies is incredibly difficult to watch but it is a film of potent, declarative power.
September 7, 2018
I was also struck by the way Wiseman weaves singing and music throughout the movie: the traditions of the inmates and staff, and the way they beautify an environment which would seem to resist any attempt at beauty.
May 3, 2018
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.
December 12, 2017
The stage, where odd behavior reigns, blurs the lines of sanity and confers an hour of equality.
Top Critic
March 24, 2016
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.
May 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Made during an era when mental hospitals dotted America's map like flies on manure, "Titicut Follies" presents an invaluable time capsule.
November 14, 2005
Time has not diminished its emotional impact.
September 7, 2005
Wiseman's film is famous for being banned...and you can bet it wasn't the inmates who kicked up the fuss
April 12, 2005
January 23, 2005
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