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Running from Crazy

Documentary . Biography . Drama

'Running from Crazy' is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness.

Actors: Mariel Hemingway , Dree Hemingway , Margaux Hemingway , Langley Hemingway , Jack Hemingway , Joan Hemingway
Directors: Barbara Kopple
Country: USA
Release: 2013-01-07
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  • Ian Thompson

    Using home movies and other footage, Kopple provides a discomfiting portrait of a family’s deep-seated dysfunction.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's good nonetheless, an artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    It’s Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film’s fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    There is much here of interest to aficionados of the great author as well as to those curious about the complicated relationship between sisters Mariel and the late Margaux.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Hemingway wins us over and, in the end, comes off as earnest in her desire to use her celebrity to help shine a light on the maladies that have shattered her family, time and again.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Annlee Ellingson

    At once short on details and incredibly forthcoming, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't dig into specifics about Mariel's personal struggles with mental illness nor the WillingWay lifestyle that she and her boyfriend Bobby Williams espouse.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    A certain Hollywood self-absorption is on display here, but the family’s depressing story merits Mariel’s vigilant defensiveness.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Sebastian Doggart

    The only new titbit of information for Hemingway-philes is that none of his grandchildren read his books.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    That the structure consistently undermines its own storytelling is frustrating when the story to be told is a vital and interesting one.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    At its best, Running From Crazy is a powerful portrait of a woman who’s wrested control of her life by understanding the patterns her relatives fell into, and consciously breaking them.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    The narratively jumbled film...features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    The modern-day sections with Mariel Hemingway, while detailing the redemptive promise of the title, too often come across as either indulgent time-filler or overflow with PSA-level superficiality.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Daphne Howland

    The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored.

    Village Voice Full Review