David and Lisa
David and Lisa (1962)

A pair of institutionalized, mentally ill adolescents create a delicate and problematic situation for administrators and staff when they fall deeply in love. This Oscar-winning independent drama is based on Theodore Isaac Rubin's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1962
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Deeply touching.

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TV Guide

The understated charm of David and Lisa is what set the movie apart from so many other attempts at depicting the problems of the mentally ill.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Margolin and Dullea are two underrated actors who are brilliant in this 'love at the mental home' movie

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[Frank Perry] has done a simple, commendable, sympathetic semi-documentary.

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Sean Axmaker

... strong performances and sensitive direction create a moving drama...

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Christopher Null

It's not a bad time, but it's talky and more than a little pedantic. And Dullea looks like the oldest teen on earth.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Probably not everything it was cracked up to be in 1963.

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Emanuel Levy

Frank Perry's soft, romanticized look at two misfits in an asylumn, played by the attractive Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin, this early indie film became a campus favorite in the 1960s and led the way to the rise of independent cinema in the 1970s.

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John Ballantine
Nice! One of the earlier intelligent films addressing real issues without honey coating..in this case the mental issues of youth. Charming and better than the… More