• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2009
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 39
  2. Negative: 14 out of 39

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  1. HarryK
    Jun 19, 2009
    5
    Chris Vance's Dr. Gallagher is a great. Veronica (Jacqueline McKenzie) seems possibly even more promising. The other two female leads and Nick Gonzalez are certainly adequate. And that's pretty much where the positives end. The dialog is mediocre and the direction and production values are laughably bad considering this is a Primetime FOX Drama. As compelling as Vance & McKenzie Chris Vance's Dr. Gallagher is a great. Veronica (Jacqueline McKenzie) seems possibly even more promising. The other two female leads and Nick Gonzalez are certainly adequate. And that's pretty much where the positives end. The dialog is mediocre and the direction and production values are laughably bad considering this is a Primetime FOX Drama. As compelling as Vance & McKenzie are, there's no way they'll be able to carry the show long-term unless the direction, dialog and production values are bettered dramatically. That said, the cast as a whole is nowhere near the quality of some of the other quirky character-driven shows, like NBC's "Life," which had an entire cast equal to or better than Vance. Also FOX's own "Lie To Me" also puts "Mental" to shame in most areas. Expand
  2. GwennethS
    Jun 6, 2009
    6
    Not good, not bad...mediocre. Another disappointment. The Mentalist and "The Unusuals" score high with me...and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for possible success of the upcoming "The Philanthropist"... I miss "Life"..."Lie to Me" and "Castle"...Sure hope they make it back in the fall. I think it will be curtains for "The Listener" and "Mental".
  3. RandylK
    Jul 25, 2009
    4
    Isn't anyone bothered by the sound effects in the segue clip going into commercials? What does the elevator ding have to do with anything on the show other than the very sick joke of "their elevator doesn't go all of the way to the top".
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 40
    It's a stubbornly mediocre product that really, really, really wants to be "House" in a hospital psych ward.
  2. 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. Mental's plots are trite and secondary to establishing Gallagher as a policy-defying Brit who says ''Bang on!'' to express enthusiasm.