People Say I'm Crazy

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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)
Score distribution:
  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. The contrast between Cadigan in recovery and at his most disturbed provides an excellent antidote to romanticized and sensationalized portrayals of mental illness in Hollywood films and on TV talk shows.
  4. 70
    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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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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