Manic (2003)

This first feature for filmmaker Jordan Melamed uses the verite style of the Dogme 95 movement for a hard-hitting drama centering on a group of troubled teens. Taking place entirely in a psychiatric ward, the film opens with Lyle (Joseph… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A grim drama about emotionally damaged teens, Manic's solid cast helps to elevate the material above cliche.

Derek Adams
Time Out

It's an undemonstrative, vividly authentic film.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A movie of heart and substance.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful film packed with profanity and brutality.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Shows more hopelessness than optimism but is never less than honest.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Manic has quite a bit to recommend it as well, not the least of which is the lack of Hollywood gloss mental patients.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Cheadle is excellent and gives this the true credibility it deserves.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Its modesty of aspiration and its naturalism of style are its two most salient values.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Melamed and his cast provide more than a few truth-divining moments.

Cole Smithey

A dynamo of a movie with solid performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Chad: I'd rather feel like total shit sometimes, and God the rest of the time, than just like - ok all the time, you know? Fuck mediocrity. "You… More
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Cheadle, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Bacall, Cody Lightning, Elden Henson, Sara Rivas, Maggie Baird, Blayne Weaver, Adrienne Rollo,… More
Manu Gino
You can't escape yourself. Great FIlm! The casting was excellent as each member of the ensemble portrayed their character with depth and individual… More
Leigh Ryan
Very intense and dark. Gordon-Levitt really plays this heartbreaking role so well. The movie was played out well in a handheld camera style that adds to the… More
paul oh
The acting is solid and strong from early Gorden-Levitt and Deschanel. Along with the cinematography being in cheap digital font, the feel is gritty and… More
Conner Rainwater
This spared no expense to give you a very surreal look into insanity. The shooting style of the film was perfect and made the story all the more life-like and… More

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