Girl, Interrupted
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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, Susanna Kaysen was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder-an affliction with symptoms so ambiguous almost any adolescent girl might qualify-and sent to a renowned New England psychiatric hospital where she spent the next two years in a ward for teenage girls. There, Susanna loses herself in an OZ-like nether world of seductive and disturbed young women: among them Lisa, a charming sociopath who stages a disastrous escape with Susanna, Daisy, a pampered girl with a predilection for rotisserie chicken, and Polly, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Does it matter that every time Jolie's offscreen the film wilts a little? Ryder should be perfect as the bright spark; her lines are sharp as a knife. There's a gap, however, between what we hear and what we see."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Time Out
"It's difficult to imagine any actress today bringing more sentience and intelligence to [Ryder's] role."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
"Sounding like the scribblings from a teenager's diary, the 28-year-old Ryder lapses into self-parody."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The acting by Ryder, Jolie, and Goldberg is excellent enough to forgive the problems inherent in the script."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A muddled production that misses the jarring tone of the autobiographical book by Susanna Kaysen on which it is based. The film is entertaining, but not very powerful."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"It has neither the clarity nor strength of purpose to engage an audience much beyond the converted."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Meaty roles for an eager young female ensemble. On that level, and on several others, the movie triumphs."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The two leads play to their strengths."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Jolie enlivens every scene she's in --- so much so that whenever she's not on screen, many viewers go into a state of suspended animation waiting for her to come back."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Although there are individual scenes of powerful acting, there doesn't seem to be a destination."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Unsatisfying and unconvincing."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"We end up getting thin supporters as seen through the eyes of a main character that doesn't do anything."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The screenplay, by helmer Mangold, is by the numbers."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Girl, Interrupted" is Hollywood's latest simple-minded treatment of mental illness."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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