The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
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as Dr. Zeigler
as Uncle Jack
as Dr. Scott
as Young Graham
as Placement Officer
as Mrs. Goez
as Mr. Goez
as Mr. Dexter
as Nurse Trent
as Dickie Boone
as Aunt Panty
as Dr. Triefus
as Social Services Lady
as Chief Medical Officer
as Baby Donna
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Critic Reviews for The Young Poisoner's Handbook
Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
The show is a cornucopia of effective cinematic elements. A tour de force and a fascinating story.
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Audience Reviews for The Young Poisoner's Handbook
It doesn't delve into its subjects psyche enough for my taste, but there is a interesting bluntness to its narrative. A Sociopathic Megalomaniac will continue to be a Sociopathic Megalomaniac, regardless of how much dream analysis they undergo.
"He gave his life to his research, so did his family." [Tagline] The biographical sketch of the protagonist is indeed extraordinary, but the way the events are portrayed herein hampers its effect. Despite fictionalizing the accounts, the movie fails to maintain enough interest. Wish the makers were dedicated enough!!!
I do like this movie. I couldn't remember the title, but I have remembered scenes from watching it several years ago. On this second time around, I find that I like the film's subtle visual stylization and rational psychopathology. The movie take the first person perspective of a detached, meticulous, and compulsive poisoner. Awkward and unsociable, the main character obsessively studies and experiments in chemistry. While there is a sympathetic edge to the protagonist, his methodological murders by way of slow and painful poisoning keeps the viewer as detached from him as he is from everyone else. At the moment that the main character determines to destroy an offending family member or friend, rage is only a flicker in his wide, child-like eyes. Even without malicious intent, his callousness causes suffering, and just as his eyes barely betray his anger, they barely betray his sorrow and regret. The Young Poisoner's Handbook is a fascinating portrait of someone fixated on the power to create beauty or death. While the protagonist possesses a sense of narcissistic superiority, he also find himself bewildered by the social world and his place within it. In the end, the main character poses the question of whether he could have done differently with his life, or if he would have always been compelled to follow his destructive nature. In this question I think he finds some small piece of redemption, a modicum of meaning crystallized out of his inexplicable crimes. Note: While the movie is loosely based on a true story, I find the film much more meaningful as a work of art independent of its infamous inspiration.
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