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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    The resulting film has the integrity and the ugliness of the truth. It's not true because it's ugly; no, it's ugly because it's true.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 5, 2012
    40
    If it feels uncomfortably real, it's because its vision of decadence (if you'll pardon the word) is almost unwatchably creepy. Crazy Eyes awakens the same queasiness. Yes, it feels true. But why bother?
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 4, 2012
    16
    An appreciation that the pain is personal doesn't compensate for the picture's self-absorbed need to alienate.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 5, 2012
    20
    This slovenly, self-indulgent riff on Charles Bukowski-like fringe-livers has all of the naked harshness of Bukowski with none of the poetry. At least Haas gives it a good shot.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 5, 2012
    40
    Director/co-writer Adam Sherman's Bukowski-lite character study is one of those exercises in masculine self-pity and glib misogyny that frustrates because of its shortsightedness.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 3, 2012
    40
    The exuberant editing and puke-into-the-camera edginess indicate a film more interested in boasting of hell-raising than in exorcising it.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 1, 2012
    12
    While the male characters are certainly not presented as models of enlightened behavior, their antics and crises are indulged in a manner not extended to their female counterparts.
  8. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 4, 2012
    33
    Sherman's feature turns out to be enamored of the kind of reality that gets left out of movies not because it's provocative or controversial, but because it isn't particularly interesting.
  9. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 6, 2012
    38
    Unpleasant as it is, you can't exactly call Sherman's perspective misogynistic, if only because the protagonist hates himself every bit as much.
  10. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 5, 2012
    35
    Crazy Eyes is the third directorial effort from Adam Sherman, and is, like his 2010 "Happiness Runs," based on his own personal experiences, suggesting he either has a staggering sense of self-laceration or a just as noteworthy lack of awareness about audience empathy.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jul 3, 2012
    60
    These two non-lovers have real chemistry, and it's hard not to be intoxicated by the strange cocktail of watching them together, even as the story appears to be going nowhere.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jul 3, 2012
    60
    Those willing to indulge regardless will find a surprisingly satisfying character study, woozily shot and elliptically cut to mimic booze-filled blackouts.

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