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Drama . Comedy

A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls.

Actors: Liev Schreiber , Toni Collette , Caroline Goodall , Anthony LaPaglia , Kerry Fox , Rebecca Gibney , Lily Sullivan , Deborah Mailman , Natasha Bassett , Sam Clark , Hayley Magnus , Nicole Freeman , Chelsea Bennett
Directors: P.J. Hogan
Release: 2013-03-29
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  • Oliver Pfeiffer

    Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Not every cute movie about the mentally ill is Oscar worthy, but this touching and riotous one from Down Under works well enough.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's always a pleasure to see Collette, a performer who always cranks up the energy, and yet here, as so often, she gives the impression of a ferocious screen intelligence somehow not being used to the full.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    The more dramatic moments feel unanchored to the more farcical, and the humor ranges erratically from scatological to tender/heartwarming and back to cheap shots at slightly uncomfortable stereotypes. "Uneven" would be the kind way of putting it, but "messy" is probably nearer to the truth.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even though Hogan has some terrific actors to work with — Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber among them — it's never clear what he's trying to say or do with Mental.

    NPR Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The hippie heroine of this wacky Aussie comedy cheerfully theorizes that Australia was actually originally settled not by convicts but by mental patients — which may possibly explain the antics of Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, among others.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marsha McCreadie

    Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric. The movie's real mess-up was to move Shaz into melodrama at the movie's end.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The cutesy energy is just too much in this Aussie comedy that’s overly bemused by its quirkiness.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    There is a lot of yelling and emoting and it all gets strident very quickly — as in, the first 10 minutes. Hogan keeps everything self-consciously quirky, with lots of bright primary colors all over the place, but it feels like wild overkill.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Once a scarred shark hunter (Liev Schreiber) enters the fray, the film’s tone shifts from madcap to maudlin, and the narrative from being merely grating to actually galling. Artistic inspiration can be close to madness, but Mental is just plain nuts.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based Mental on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Mental wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tina Hassannia

    Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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