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Now almost forgotten, Warrendale brewed up a storm of controversy when it first emerged in 1967. Canadian documentary filmmaker Allan King takes us within the walls of an institution for emotionally disturbed adolescents. It is the philosophy of Warrendale that the best therapy for the young charges is to allow them as much personal freedom as possible. Thus, the kids smoke, swear and discuss sex in the frankest terms. Though Warrendale was originally made for television, neither the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation nor London's BBC, appalled by the film's scatology and frighteningly… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"LOike the life it records, it simply exists, beyond criticism."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"[A] striking cinema verite documentary."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It is not "entertaining," but not everyone goes to the movies to be entertained: Sometimes it is enough to see life as it is."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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