Mad, Sad & Bad
Mad, Sad & Bad (2009)

Mad, Sad & Bad is a thirtysomething comedy about an endearingly dysfunctional family and group of friends whose personal lives are continuously messed up by their own selfish needs and neuroses. Atul is a sitcom writer who despises the work… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

A disconcerting fluctuation in tone - from sorrowful satire to cheesy sitcom - proves the film's fatal flaw.

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Hannah Forbes Black
Film4

All we learn from Mad, Sad & Bad is that, while a decent comedy can aspire to get away with all sorts of things, a lack of imagination shouldn't be one of them.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue struggles to find the midpoint between naturalism and sit-com-style banter. But Luthra possesses a contrary sensibility that makes me curious to see what he comes up with next.

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Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

Like a sitcom pilot that should never have seen the light of day. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the comedy lacks bite. Imagine the same script featuring white characters and you will see just how second-rate the screenplay is.

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Toby Young
Times [UK]

Like a BBC One sitcom written by someone who thinks he's Strindberg.

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James Bramble
Little White Lies

Mad, Sad & Bad is unengaging, even dull. Most frustratingly, its bitterness at the flip side of success for a new generation of British Asians is left unchanneled.

Philip French
Observer [UK]

has its moments, but the great Meera Syal and a gifted cast are not well served by an undeveloped script and some uncertain direction.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Despite some nice ideas, and an impressive cast, Avie Luthra's family-ensemble movie doesn't entirely come together.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Mad, Sad & Bad, it must be said, is not made with any great flair. But Luthra extracts good performances from his cast and his writing gives them something to do once the story gets going.

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