Self Medicated
Self Medicated (2006)

Monty Lapica's drama Self-Medicated tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who is having a very difficult time dealing with the grief he experiences after his father dies. After the boy slides into a wicked drug addiction, as well as… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Self-Medicated features some nice performances, but is too sentimental and unfocused to be a truly compelling film.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's just horrible stuff.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression.

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Michael Dequina

A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.

Jan Stuart

Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the dangers of directing your own material.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Note to fledgling directors: when making a movie, you don't have to do everything yourself. In fact, you probably shouldn't.

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Jim Hemphill

Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking

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