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Mad to Be Normal (2018)



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Mad To Be Normal reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland's greatest ever minds. Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His revolutionary methods involved experimenting with LSD on his patients and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia, causing outrage and controversy in the medical profession and radically changing attitudes and perceptions of mental health around the world.

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There's plenty of jazzy paisley shirts, flamboyant velvet suits and on-the-nose music cues to denote its psychedelic 1960s setting, but these elements do little to soften Laing's eye-raisingly invasive and possibly inappropriate approach to his patients.

April 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's elevated above bog-standard biopic fare by the performances.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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David Tennant is on pugnacious, mercurial and beady-eyed form in this very interesting and absorbing film.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad to Be Normal boils a fascinating subject down into a slightly clunky, simplistic bio-drama.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Tennant's performance is strong, and he gives energy to a script that jolts in different directions looking for focus.

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's an almost complete absence of narrative progression, or anything that helps you to understand why this needed to be a feature film and not, say, a radio play or a magazine longread.

April 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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