|Columbia Pictures | Release Date: December 21, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Despite uneven pacing -- Girl, Interrupted deftly collapses then and now to create a very personal film filled with heart-tugs and surprisingly funny moments.
The performances in Girl, Interrupted resonate, but the movie does not.
In Winona Ryder's case, Girl Interrupted is a showcase in which her brittle, angry portrait shows she has graduated from ingenue to actress.
A rare movie, one that manages to be both quiet and electrifying, touching and unnerving. But it is not a great movie, even though its stars deserve for it to be.
Fabulously acted throughout.
It's an odd mixture of an unsentimental, darkly humorous take on mental illness with the usual Hollywood loony-bin cliches.
The movie -- even though it's based on real events -- seems unsatisfying and unconvincing.
Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
Mangold ultimately delivers the same film any number of other Hollywood journeyman could've made from this material, and the results are predictable and stale.
Ends up suffering from the classic diseases of book-to-film adaptation: triteness, overreliance of narration, and a general "need" to impose classic dramatic structure on what is not a particularly dramatic narrative.
It's as if the book itself has been locked up and institutionalized, forced to conform to a system that all but obliterates its own unique personality.
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