Mental
Mental (2013)

Set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, MENTAL is written and directed by PJ Hogan and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. The comedy stars Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 1, 2013
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mental is a well-acted black comedy that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a lack of comic discipline.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The humour is every bit as rude and raucous as before, but Hogan's touch here seems heavy handed and the use of songs from The Sound of Music doesn't work nearly so well as the joyous Abba tunes that drove Muriel's Wedding.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

There are some big laughs and fine performances, yet not enough realistic grounding in the characters or story to sustain its dramatic transition in the second half.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.

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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice

Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric.

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I think that the people that wrote, and produced this movie, are mental....really dumb movie.
Nicki Marie
Nice movie, really enjoyed it. Toni Colette was a little over the top, but I loved the teenage cast - especially Lilly Sullivan as Coral. The relationship… More