Manic Synopsis
A violent teenager befriends two other troubled patients in a psychiatric ward.
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80

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
As always, Don Cheadle is fantastic, but the film belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
This clear-eyed, low-budget drama is populated by troubled teens whose stories aren’t packaged in neat little bows. Their histories...
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67

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
The texture of Manic feels honest and the chemistry of the kids is well observed, but even the modest breakthroughs are dramatic...
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Excellent performances redeem Jordan Melamed's gritty teenage version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's something already exhausted, however, in the intrusively gauzy, wobbly, blurry, zoomy digital-video look of the piece.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Searching for a documentary feel, the camera here is so shaky that you cling to the arms of your chair lest you pitch into the next row.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film doesn't really go anywhere, other than outside for endless games of basketball, and the group-therapy environment allows for far...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If the movie is not original, at least it's a showcase for the actors and writers. It does not speak as well, alas, for director Jordan...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Buoyed by some sensitive performances and nearly tanked by insensitive filming.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
What really hurts is the movie's shallow screenwriting, self-indulgent acting, and woozy camerawork.
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Powerful film packed with profanity and brutality.
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