Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (2005)

The seminal, early 20th century case that inspired Freud, Jung, and Lacan is fictionalized in director Julian P. Hobbs' fragmented account of one distinguished German judge's descent into schizophrenic madness and eventual… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is an accomplished and stylistically audacious effort that all too accurately conveys the confusion and mental disarray of its subject's illness, ultimately to its detriment.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

[Jefferson] Mays throws himself into the role of a man who attempts to transform into a woman, but his efforts feel like futile flailings: The actor -- and his character -- are so much bigger than any story we're allowed to see.

David Noh
Film Journal International

Under the welter of all this heavy aestheticism, some of the performers are somewhat stymied, but thankfully not Mays.

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John Anderson

Director-writer Hobbs, making his feature debut, walks the lip of the campy abyss in this deliberately theatrical rendering of the disturbed mind.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The American actor Jefferson Mays is back in rouge and petticoats for Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, a punctilious account of madness and womb envy.

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Anne Gilbert

indulgent and erudite in a way that only an art film can be

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The psychobabble makes for dry filmmaking until [subject Daniel Paul] Schreber starts going fem. From that point on, it's every man for himself.

Ronnie Scheib

Hobbs' inspired feature sticks close to real-life texts, retaining Schreber's disconcerting mix of Teutonic clarity and schizophrenic imaginings.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Hayes' remarkable portrayal calls forth the madman from the text and, eventually, the human being from the madman.

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