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  • Summary: John Cadigan, an artist with schizophrenia, presents a documentary about "the world inside my head. It's a chaotic world filled with paranoia, creativity, fear and desire. A world in
    which I'm struggling every day, trying to know what is real and what is not." (Palo Alto Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. People Say I'm Crazy doesn't defuse, or romanticize, the trauma of mental illness. It just humanizes it.
  2. It’s a bracing antidote to the usual “Beautiful Mind”–style Hollywoodization of mental illness.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Rarely has mental illness been depicted so subjectively and seemed so immediate: John's daily struggle to determine what's real and what isn't becomes as palpable as it is poignant. It's also a touching testament to the love and dedication of John's family.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    Lacks the scope and distance that could have been provided by an outsider. But it speaks in such a frank way that avoids self-indulgence that its limits are forgiven.
  5. 70
    What's so remarkable about the movie is how matter-of-fact it is.
  6. 63
    Cadigan is honest enough to leave in a disturbing scene in which he talks about the "violent imagery" in his head and fantasizes about using a kitchen knife on his mother, before breaking down in tears. It's raw stuff.
  7. 50
    His is a valiant story, though it doesn't quite work as a nearly 90-minute documentary -- the Cadigans simply don’t have enough material.

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