Running From Crazy
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A documentary examining the personal journey of Mariel Hemingway as she strives for a greater understanding of her complex family history. (c) Official FB
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""People can heal themselves by feeling genuine love for each other," says Mariel's daughter, arms around her mother. It may not be the entire answer, but it's a start."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Kopple is one of my favorite directors because she believes in her audience's intelligence."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"There's so much interesting material in the life of the Hemingways, but Running From Crazy doesn't do them enough justice."
‑ Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"Using home movies and other footage, Kopple provides a discomfiting portrait of a family's deep-seated dysfunction."
‑ Ian Thompson, Daily Telegraph
"An artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A certain Hollywood self-absorption is on display here, but the family's depressing story merits Mariel's vigilant defensiveness."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having."
‑ Brent Simon,
"The historical Hemingway Curse stuff is great, the infomercial about how well preserved Mariel Hemingway plays like an Oprah celeb special."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Though undeniably well-intentioned, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't seem particularly concerned with asking - or trying to answer - the big questions surrounding familial suicide trends."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"It's Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film's fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored."
‑ Daphne Howland, Village Voice
"A sobering documentary focusing on Mariel Hemingway and her struggle with the terrible curse of seven suicides in her family history."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film is perhaps a little too long, but aside from the saccharine which occasionally lurks beneath this is an otherwise engaging and thoughtful study into a hereditary illness."
‑ Adam Lowes, HeyUGuys
"Whereas American Dream ended with a moment of genuine devastation, Running from Crazy offers little more than surface-level tear-wringing."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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