Prozac Nation
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Following up his critically acclaimed debut Insomnia (1997), Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his first English-language feature with this adaptation of the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Christina Ricci stars as Lizzie, a prize-winning student heading off to Harvard where she intends to study journalism and launch a career as a rock music critic. However, Elizabeth's fractured family situation including an errant father (Nicholas Campbell) and a neurotic, bitterly hypercritical mother (Jessica Lange) has led to a struggle with depression. When her all-night, drug-fueled writing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's really no reservoir of sympathy deep enough to support a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student who turns her depression into a show-stopping spectacle."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Truly depressing, a dark, mean and screechy film that still looks half-finished after years on the shelf."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"It should be no surprise that a flick about depressives turns into a depressing film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film avoids disease-of-the-week sentimentality with Ricci's calm, reasoning voice-over juxtaposing her erratic behavior; she realizes what she's doing but just can't stop."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Poor Ricci, stuck in the role of the egotistical unlikeable young woman, tries her hardest to appear miserable."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"The self-centered brat at the center of Prozac Nation spends most of her time making life miserable for everyone around her, but there's little reason the public should have to pay for the same privilege."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"In portraying Elizabeth Wurtzel, Ricci displays range, depth, and courage."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Ricci commits fully, driven to bring Wurtzel's demons to life."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Outside of Ricci, everything's been sucked out to a bland finish."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Prozac Nation moves along at the speed of a Norwegian glacier, yet it provides the observer with nowhere near the pleasure."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Ninety-eight minutes of this movie and you may find yourself reaching for Prozac or the antidepressant of your choice. A cheap shot, to be sure, but the movie earns it."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"[Ricci's] performance as a Harvard undergrad battling clinical depression compels your attention every moment she is on screen."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Prozak Nation is a manipulative, cloying take on depression, a watered down film from a watered down book."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"it seems that Elizabeth's problem isn't that she's clinically depressed. It's because she's a first class a-hole. (That's a scientific term)"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"well-made, but almost relentlessly downbeat portrait of self-destruction -- it makes Winona Ryder's similar 'Girl, Interrupted' look like 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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