The Treatment


Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. John Zorn's ethnically tinged score is effectively minimalist without succumbing to Philip Glass-style monotony, and Harris Yulin is effective as the hero's semi-estranged father.
  2. 75
    The film is a pleasant breeze that refreshes, mostly because it's a rare, thoughtful comedy clearly intended for grown-ups.
  3. Janssen is an intense screen presence. Too often she's stuck playing humorless towering antagonists. Here, happily, she's allowed to be a real person.
  4. The filmmaking is rudimentary in The Treatment, Oren Rudavsky's adaptation of Daniel Menaker's novel, but the feeling for the patient-and-shrink dynamic is authentic.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    This offbeat charmer succumbs to the same airless artificiality that has claimed many recent efforts in the genre.
  6. 60
    Short, sweet, and hardly ever cloying, The Treatment is largely dependent for its success on the quality of its performances--most surprisingly, Eigeman's.
  7. Best of all is Holm, who is consistently hilarious as the sarcastic shrink from hell.
  8. 50
    A slight and rueful affair, intermittently funny.
  9. 50
    The Treatment fails to do anything interesting with Jake.
  10. 50
    A feather-light comedy about losing emotional baggage and finding love in upper Manhattan.
  11. The Treatment gets this year's Rip van Winkle award.
  12. A movie with its heart and head in the right place. Too bad its aesthetic sensibilities and technical coordinates are not as well situated.
  13. 25
    A wan effort at "Annie Hall"-style comedy, has about as much Manhattan sophistication as a gas station in Chippewa Falls, Wis.

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