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Words on Bathroom Walls (2020)



Critic Consensus: Sensitive, well-acted, and solidly directed, Words on Bathroom Walls is an admirable addition to a genre that too rarely does justice to its worthy themes.

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WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS tells the story of witty and introspective Adam (Charlie Plummer), who appears to be your typical young adult -- a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year following an incident in chemistry class, Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness. Sent to a Catholic academy to finish out his term, Adam has little hope of fitting in and just wants to keep his illness secret until he can enroll in culinary school. But when he meets outspoken and fiercely intelligent Maya (Taylor Russell), there is an instant soulful and comforting connection. As their romance deepens, she inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Now, with the love and support of his girlfriend and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.


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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (9)

I was really impressed by its ability to approach the subject of mental illness in a way that is sensitive, insightful, and thoughtful without ever being mawkish.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Plummer's genuine, heartfelt performance will likely go a long way in humanizing a diagnosis that is often unfairly stigmatized.

August 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There are pockets of truth, grace and pain in this portrait of troubled adolescence, and its talented young stars know where to find them.

August 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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Nick Naveda's adaptation of Watson's book rations out worrisome developments with sensitivity, and the friendly chemistry between Plummer and Russell does the rest of the work.

August 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Written by Nick Naveda and directed by Thor Freudenthal, it takes some big swings at a big subject and almost - not quite - pulls it off.

August 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Meant to dramatize the effects of mental illness, the hero's three imaginary friends come off as caricature.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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