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  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2009
  • Season #: 1
Mental Image
Metascore
40

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Chris Vance is Dr. Jack Gallagher, the nonconformist new director of the psychiatric section of a Los Angeles hospital.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Health & Lifestyle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 63
    You don't have to be nuts to love Mental, which is a kind of schizophrenic "House"--but you do have to be willing to suspend disbelief to the point of, well, insanity.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    50
    Gallagher's played by Chris Vance ("Prison Break"), who tries to overcome the cheesy script with a British accent and a little dignity. He fails.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    42
    It is so numbingly derivative--effectively a dull mash-up of "House" and "Private Practice"--that you quickly forget it's also numbingly silly. But then, maybe that's the whole idea.
  4. Mental was produced on a relative shoestring by Fox Telecolombia, and there's a flatness not only to the sets (which look not unlike what you might see on a Univision show), but the dialogue and characterizations.
  5. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    30
    Ultimately, the problem is that while someone's used considerable brain power to put all these pieces together, they clearly just haven't thought things through.
  6. 30
    On Tuesday night, we're going to see if you can get it from television, with three shows that--intentionally or otherwise--document seriously disturbed minds, with results ranging from riveting to revolting. Tending toward the latter is Mental.
  7. 30
    Jack delivers to every brilliant-offbeat doctor expectation, which means that for all his hyper-performative charms, Jack is also tedious, right down to the zipper in his forehead that marks commercial breaks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23