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  • Summary: Adapted from the celebrated journal of Daniel Paul Schreber, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is a biopic of a fantasy - a film that makes you feel and think. This spellbinding mix of reality and hallucination tells the story of one of the most famous madmen of all time from his point of view. At the heart of the drama is Jefferson Mays' inspired performance as the transsexual Daniel Paul Schreber. (Abject Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Richly layered picture dramatizes a landmark doctor/patient showdown, chronicles a classic case of transgenderism and reveals how aspects of Schreber's story prefigured Nazism.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Odd but never dull.
  3. Julian P. Hobbs directs by getting out of the way of his star's soulful eyes and considerable talent, allowing Mr. Mays to feed on the tension between the rationality of his character's courtroom argument and the utter lunacy of his beliefs.
  4. An accomplished and stylistically audacious effort that all too accurately conveys the confusion and mental disarray of its subject's illness, ultimately to its detriment.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Settles for a stilted design and mode of performance that suggests a bloodless screen adaptation of Edward Gorey illustrations.
  6. 50
    The psychobabble makes for dry filmmaking until Schreber starts going fem. From that point on, it's every man for himself.
  7. Mays throws himself into the role of a man who attempts to transform into a woman, but his efforts feel like futile flailings: The actor - and his character - are so much bigger than any story we're allowed to see.