Girl, Interrupted
Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Angelina Jolie gives an intense performance, but overall Girl, Interrupted suffers from thin, predictable plotting that fails to capture the power of its source material.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
Time Out

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.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

It's difficult to imagine any actress today bringing more sentience and intelligence to [Ryder's] role.

Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

It has neither the clarity nor strength of purpose to engage an audience much beyond the converted.

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Rob Gonsalves

Meaty roles for an eager young female ensemble. On that level, and on several others, the movie triumphs.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

Although there are individual scenes of powerful acting, there doesn't seem to be a destination.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Unsatisfying and unconvincing.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

We end up getting thin supporters as seen through the eyes of a main character that doesn't do anything.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's little new in this Hollywood look at mental illness, female style, except that for once the staff is actually given a little respect, like they… More
Jameson Worley
Surprised by the low critic ratings. I for one thought this was a really good film. Solid story, good characters, and wonderful performances from Ryder and… More
xGary Xx
Based on the autobiographical novel by Susanna Kayson chronicling her time spent in a mental institution following a suicide attempt, Girl, Interrupted is not… More
danny d
the film was great until the very rocky ending, and the acting was solid with a compelling story. the film suffers from poor rewatchability, but its a solid… More
Manu Gino
Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy Good Film! It was a very well made film with some terrific acting. Angelina Jolie in probably her… More
Veronique Kwak
it's been cliche to note that "girl, interrupted" is the female version of "one flew over the cuckoo's nest" (starriing jack… More