Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 28, 2013
    Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based Mental on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 28, 2013
    Mental wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.
  3. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Mar 29, 2013
    Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 26, 2013
    Oh, it's funny and absurd and creative all right! P.J direction tells me that movies don't have to be perfect, they have their own identity in indie filmmaking. Seriously, I thought this movie was going to suck but truly from my heart- I have space for P.J as a great director. The story, its metallic and full of emotion and comedy. Mental is a super funny ride that needs to be seen again and again. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    There's a family of 5 crazy girls…at least the girls think so. After their mom is sent away, dad hires a weirdo (Toni Collette) to watch them. Of course, she does lots more. This film desperately tries to be quirky and there's lots of energy propelling it in that direction. However, it just turns out to be frantic and misguided. When things gets serious in the last 30 minutes, it becomes a bit more compelling. Still, it's simply trying too hard to be cute and charming. Full Review »
  3. Mar 30, 2013
    Hysterical. Interesting. Creative. Loved this movie. Loved the filmmaking, the characters, the art direction and design, the story was whacky, and, the acting was superb. Aussie's make the best movies. Full Review »