Girl, Interrupted (1999) - Biography, Drama

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Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie
Length: 127 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 50 out of 385 found boring (12.98%)

One-line Reviews (173)

Just like the reviews the movie got, people who are different are being judged by these pretentious people who think they're better than everybody else.

She acquits herself nicely here, but her character is rather vanilla and bland, especially compared to the colorful cast of characters she meets while institutionalized.

surely this movie is worth watching, if if for no other reason than for really good acting.

Jolie completely immerses herself in the role, and gives a moving, intriguing and haunting performance as Susanna's best friend at the hospital.

This movie also had a moment of racial propaganda to it that many modern films have.

Very few dull moments here.

Yet it somehow manages to come out boring -- quite an extraordinary accomplishment.

self-indulgent little girl who is driving herself crazy .

It is thrilling to watch these 2 together on screen.

It gets dull when you know exactly what's going to happen.

Good, intense movie .

Nurse Valerie calls Susanna "a lazy, self-indulgent little girl who is driving herself crazy.

Supporting cast members Clea Duvall, Elisabeth Moss, Brittany Murphy, Angela Bettis, and Jared Leto were all enjoyable.

Enjoyable movie .

Girl, Interrupted is a thought provoking, highly intriguing drama, with amazing and Oscar winning performances from Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Elizabeth Moss and Whoopi Goldberg.

In the film, however, little is revealed about the girl who killed herself; it's obvious the filmmakers are just looking for a quick emotion shot, throwing around a suicide just to create some sort of dreary, mental hospital atmosphere that is supposed to set the tone for the rest of the film.

Overall, this film can't be seen as a serious study of mental illness until close to the end, when things get intense, and you realize that these girls really are ill.

The poignancy of the story, its heart and strength, is lost in dull, poetic self-absorption.

There was no real plot, just a succession of incidents at the institution.

-- EVEN IF you overlook the near-perfect script, direction, casting, sets -- even if you overlook that the movie is engaging and solid on its own, you end up with the inescapable fact that, FROZEN FOR A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME, you have in front of you two of the most perfect faces Hollywood has ever produced.

A steadily paced but utterly absorbing story about a troubled 18 year Susanna Kaysen, subtlety played by Winona Ryder, whose experience at a psychiatric hospital l in the 1967 makes a real impression.

Susanna is a victim of neurosis, great expectations, confusion, an uncertain future and the sundry other problems an average teenager's life are pounded with.

It goes from boring, to twisted, to psychotic and finishes off at predictable.

We just have to wait far too long to get there!

8%Overall: Girl, Interrupted is a brilliant film that is both fascinating and strongly disturbing.

It was all about hi jinx and rebellion for most of the film, which is a bit of a Hollywood cliché.

* When Susanna returned she became immersed in diary writing as a central therapeutic activity.

Audience, Bored .

I must admit, I cried during a couple of the more intense scenes, and I actually related to some of the thoughts portrayed by the stars.

Some if it felt really out of place but for the most part it was a compelling story.

The movie in itself was boring.

" Meaning, she experiences confusion about her identity, her long-term goals, her friends, and her moral values.

There is so much that I got out of this movie, but I won't bore you with it don't worry, and to all those people who thought it sucked or boring, watch it again and see what they're actually saying, or how it might relate to you.

The movie had many profound moments that were awe inspiring and gut wrenchingly painful to watch.

The cast is entertaining.

Something Pretentious People Will Never Understand .

She made the movie more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

) thus making the modern compliment a little confusing.

To begin with both the films are set in mental institutions and chronicle life as it unfolds amidst those bland, white walls.

"Girl, Interrupted" is a suspect film that over-achieves due to dynamite performances and formulaic processes that have worked in Hollywood for decades.

It reminded me in many ways of that Jack Nicholson´s movie "One flight over a cuckoo´s nest" which by the way I found pretty dull.

In terms of scripting the predictable elements are not so obvious as to prevent the film's dialogue to be both funny and truthful.

Pacing seems to give a film balance nowadays, making slow points in a story feel deep and necessary and, though none of the movie was particularly UNnecessary, it felt slow and I relied on the end for what the film should be - interesting and absorbing.

The hidden room, sneaking around and escaping were more tiresome elements.

Long stretches of the film turn into drawn out gabfests in which the girls housed in this Massachusetts institution talk out their issues at frequently excessive length.

Winona Ryder plays a spoiled, suicidal rich girl with what looks like a repetitive series of ticks and shakes---it's not so much a performance as an overwrought improv exercise in acting class, and not a very convincing one at that.

Her performance is stunning!

But anyway Girl, Interrupted was an amazing film and I really enjoyed it.

30 minutes of running and Angelina Jolie comes by; boring character and acting.

Presented with the softly rendered and absorbing visualization of a young girl's decent into psychological insecurity; it is a hauntingly supple progression toward the half understood disturbance of what we might have experienced.

'Girl Interrupted' is a solid film, with interesting subject matter, and is worth the watch.

The problem with "Girl, Interrupted" is that the main character Susanna (Winona Ryder) is rather boring.

Girl Interrupted is a delicious exercise in self-indulgence .

I enjoyed it very much.

Exactly what I thought it be -- Boring.

Exciting movie with exceptional acting by Angelina Jolie as well as Brittney Murphey, Winona Ryder, and Whoopie Goldberg.

Fast paced and exciting, Girl, Interrupted is definitely one of the greatest movies of 1999 and deserves all the credit it gets.

I am glad I got to see this one free because I would have felt real bad if I had wasted money on this boring flick.

I stays boring for a while too.

For a slice of life film to be successful, there must be character development or situations that are so unique and fascinating that they compensate for the story's lacking a plotline.

I was disappointed to see that the film offers the idea that Susanna is merely spoiled and self-indulgent and not actually mentally disturbed.

The film rises above itself when it focuses outside of the institution and the group residents; that is when the film becomes compelling.

It has a few poignant moments, but is more often contrived and unconvincing.

her emotional scenes are breathtaking.

Although "Cuckoo's Nest" was a far better movie, Girl, Interrupted is still very entertaining, and has much of the same wit as did "Cuckoo's Nest" Recommended for drama fans.

I totally enjoyed it.

The stuff added to the movie -- as opposed to what was in the book, which is bizarre but much more effective -- is contrived and annoying.

How does someone so boring and limited become such a huge star?

"Girl, Interrupted" starts off on a great note, but then becomes standard and somewhat predictable, with a few shining moments throughout.

i tried looking up previews for this movie and all i can find is a different preview that doesn't have that song in it, it's kind of a slower song, so please respond if you have any suggestions!!

I started yawning after 10 minutes.

Angelina Jolie does her best as Lisa Rowe (the Jack Nicholson Looks-Normal Rebel character), but is let down by a script that quickly renders her as a walking cliché.

And while some reviewers have remarked that Ryder's character seemed self-indulgent, spoiled, and simply struggling with non-conformity, Ryder's character articulated the grim reality of her own mental illness when she painfully admitted to Jared Leto's character that she tried to kill herself by taking a bottle of aspirin; which was a complete departure from the character's denial when she was first admitted to the institution.

This is a movie that is very entertaining, which never keeps you bored.

I haven't lived in the sixties either, but somehow the movie seems to tell me the exact confusion of a young adult at that stage.

There were some very powerful scenes, but we seem to have to endure long stretches of relative boredom to get to them.

Ryder is stunning as the confused and depressed Susanna.

Addled, dull, mush-brained.

The plot makes escaping the ward laughably easy and makes a mental ward look kind of fun (and boring).

Girl Interrupted is worth watching for the superb performances from Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.

A possibly heartbreaking story lies within this somewhere but unfortunately it's mired down with stupid music, overacting and boring plot developments.

This is one of the worst movies I have seen this year (along with Notting Hill).

Girl, Interrupted is the engrossing true-life story of Susannsa Kaysen and her time in a mental hospital in the 60's.

whatever it is,the whole performances are great,specially Angelina who gives a thrilling though heartbreaking performance.

Ho hum.

Surely you could look for social commentaries from this film but I think that analysis would only say that this is a boring movie, which it is not.

This true story has some good points about life and how to live it, but the movie is often pretty bland and not very engaging.

The film is totally bland, silly, uninteresting, and going nowhere.

Otherwise a very nice 'actors' film, definitely worth watching.

So it's OK but predictable.

In one of the film's more intriguing acts, Susanna, now labeled "compulsively promiscuous," charges back at Dr. Wick: "How many girls would a 17-year-old boy have to screw to earn the label 'compulsively promiscuous'?

Having had some experience with madness, this godawful movie is the most pretentious disaster of a supposed expose of unhinged inwardness that 1: has ever been written and 2: has ever been filmed.

Being a true story, very little happens, as most real people lead brain-bleedingly dull lives.

" But the longueurs and deliberate pacing that were so crucial to the dissection of uneventful life in "Heavy" prove detrimental here (as they did in "Cop Land") to viewers' involvement, resulting in a lopsided, often dull movie.

The main thing that bothered me was that the script, storyline situations, and dialogue were all very cliched, hokey, and predictable.

I think it's a rather interesting and entertaining film.

Trickster Angelina Jolie is fascinating in her academy-award winning supporting role as a kind of femme bad boy.

Who would have anything to look forward to at 18 years of age when they had already realized how pretentious the adult world is?

Flawed, yes, mainly due to it's unfocused plot and lack of emphasis on some situations, but overall the film is worth watching.

Except for the confusing opening 30 second flashback scene, the movie is practically flawless.

She has this gift of taking weak, uninteresting scripts and making them somewhat tolerable.

I found the movie to be funny, charming and entertaining in depicting the relationships of these women in a psychiatric ward.

However, even more fascinating than Kaysen herself were the supporting characters.

Truth to tell, Miss Ryder is a little whiny and tiresome as a "spoiled, self-indulgent little girl" (as Whoopi Goldberg in her wise oracle mode describes her).

In ‘Cuckoo's Nest' despite having little character development, the situations were intense and Jack Nicholson commanded our attention in every frame.

Even with little introductory material to establish her character, Winona Ryder creates a soothing, intriguing sole for Kaysen.

She's just bored, neurotic, self-obsessed and given to acting out little psycho-dramas to attract attention - in other words, a western-world teenager of privileged background, only more extreme than most.

Their wonderful performances make this one of the most interesting and enjoyable movies of the year.

Pretentious .

She's very compelling as an actress, and this film shows she's more than just a sex symbol.

This movie brings out all emotions from anger to complete happiness , confusion and delusion, and laughing and crying.

With a role as self-indulgent as any lead character is in a drama about an emotional journey to self-acceptance, Winona still managed to keep the character fresh without dabbling in any pandering.

And it did get so boring at times that I walked away from it.

Her performance alone is worth watching the movie for.

But then you get to an original poem and the first line is "Darkness fills my empty heart," and you guffaw out loud.

it was slow at times, but still entertaining.

I guess, the only thing that stood out was the stunning performance of the cast with special mention to Angelina Jolie.

very entertaining and interesting .

But this film is all about the stunning performance by Angelina Jolie, proving that truly great acting sometimes does win Oscars (she got Best Supporting Actress).

She wasn't a least bit interested about the conventional social behavior, fell asleep at the graduation, went to bed with her mother's friend's husband, liked to write and didn't show any particular interest for college.

In spite of the generally good performances, though, the story was a bit slow-moving.

This movie was not funny, as the previews might lead one to believe, but much more intense.

He shows us that a film can be made intense with just powerful acting and a powerful script that takes no prisoners.

Lisa thus redefines her depression as a form of self-absorption, narcissism and self-indulgence, identifies herself as "the cause of her problem", exits the Hospital, decides to "be happy", "chooses life" and then learns to write "all her bad feelings and observations in a book".

I am also not a fan of Winona Ryder, as her talent is often stilted by very whiny, self-indulgent characters.

Simply riveting.

But even though Susanna is pretty boring, the film isn't.

"Girl" takes a life of its own, and becomes a fascinating character study of a young woman trying to live life how she wants to live it.


Simply put, this is riveting drama that refuses to let you off the hook for even a moment.

Angelina Jolie is really excellent as Lisa and she makes the movie, plus Whoopi Goldberg is entertaining in her side role as a warden with attitude.

What we get overall is about as edgy and exciting as an episode of "Felicity" set in an isolation ward.

Still the story is compelling enough to engage most viewers and there are enough stereotypes to just fill in the blanks yourself about several characters.

The girls seem to run freely and wildly through the corridors at all times, popping in and out of each other's rooms, talking disrespectfully to the staff on hand, entertaining strange young men in their rooms under direct gaze of the people who work there and even bolting from the place entirely with astonishing frequency.

there have been mixed feelings about this film, and many have complained about the cliche's.

A fine movie, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Both are equally compelling and moving in answering examining the questions: what exactly constitutes insanity?

With the exception of a few holywood gimmicks, predictable cuts and music, this is a nearly flawless film.

In the most tiresome, Winona turns down her bohunk boyfriend Jared Leto when he asks her to go into exile with him in Canada; she has to get better with her girlfriends, you see.

Girl, Interrupted is rather self-indulgent, like watching children attack a bowl of Halloween candy, or witnessing family members playfully fighting over the last piece of pumpkin pie.

Shifting between touching and gripping, funny and sad, Girl, Interrupted is a movie worth the praise it is given.

Compelling .

It deals with raw human emotion and the confusion life can put you through.

in fact, that is probably far from true; however, I will say that the subject matter is riveting and makes this film great.

Her descent into an emotionally barren life of empty drudgery is actually based on the autobiography of Susanna Kaysen; her book chronicles the days of her life in the 60's.

But when Whoopi Goldberg, the movie's designated mammy and head nurse, explodes, "You are a lazy, self-indulgent girl driving yourself crazy!

However, I found the dead girl's personality just too much of a cliche and lacking in any real depth to care for her.

Girl Interrupted should have re-titled "Girls Uninteresting".

Pointless mess .

the "Susanna" character played by Wynona Ryder was fascinating and at the same time elusive.

The staging and camerawork seemed bland and formulaic, as did the script, providing a fairly sugar coated view of mental illness, until the scene in the basement of the hospital, towards the end of the film.

Well worth watching, some of the scenes are hilarious, especially the one at the ice cream parlor.

this was a really good movie, very suspenseful and full of action!!!!!!!

The movie is enjoyable and scores heavily on the performances by the actors.

Jolie turns in a very charismatic and intense performance, and is one her best performances in my opinion, up there with her performance in Beyond Borders and the Changeling.

what a pleasant surprise -- this movie delivered -- it was both moving and dramatic, with stellar performances, and also was quite funny, keeping it lively and entertaining.

Vanessa Redgrave shows up in three scenes as head psychiatrist Dr. Wick, whose sessions with Susanna touch upon some of the film's most fascinating issues, such as society's arbitrary labeling of normalcy and insanity and its double standard regarding female teen-age sexuality.

This was a truly great movie but as a warning it might only be worth watching once.

For a film about mental illness, Mangold managed to flatline every moment in the film; every confrontation and revelation is staged in the dullest, enervated way possible.

My only complaint is Lisa's epiphany near the end of the film - it is too contrived (I blame that on the writers, not Jolie…).

The film is absorbing in the manner of such flamboyant mental institution/prison melodramas of yore as "The Snake Pit", "Caged, " "The Caretakers" or "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

This film is stunning on many levels.

The movie seemed pointless.

She has powerful eyes and can be expressive when she has to, but other films such as "Alien: Resurrection" and "Autumn in New York" severely waste her talents, as she comes across as bratty and bored rather than enveloping herself in the plot.

Aside from some angst-ridden whining by Susanna, and her occasional "adventurous" tryst with bad-girl antagonist Lisa, this movie still has the same dull heartbeat as many of its doped-up and drooling extras.

It's very well acted, and that alone makes this movie enjoyable, since the study is only superficial and in part replaced by some action (Angelina Jolie's flights).

Girl, Interrupted is one of the top ten best movies of 1999 (better than the highly overrated American Beauty and the tedious The Green Mile), an involving and interesting drama that catches your attention from start to finish without appealing to over-the-top and exaggerated dramatic scenes.

For out of the shadows of a painfully boring movie comes Whoopi Goldberg.

I'd just like to find some truth about this woman, and I've tried to find it, but I've come up empty.

In my teenage years I thought that this was the story about unhappy, depressed and lonely people belonging to the generation "we are going nowhere" who are seeking the way out of it all.

An outrageously flawless performance from the lovely Winona Ryder highlights this interesting, though sometimes tedious film.

Based on Susanna Kaysen's memoir of her experience at a mental hospital in the late '60s, this moderately engaging effort imposes a detached, male perspective on the author's firsthand observations.

It' s enjoyable and full of life.