Girl, Interrupted

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1999

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Director:
James Mangold
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

Girl, Interrupted is the 1999 dramatic film based on the novel of the same name published in 1993. Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) checks herself into a Claymore Hospital after an overdose on aspirin. She quickly befriends fellow patients Polly Clark (Elisabeth Moss) Georgina Tuskin (Clea DuVall), Daisy Randone (Angela Bettis), Cynthia Crowley (Jillian Armenante) and Lisa Rowe (Angelina Jolie). Lisa and Susanna become particularly close, until Lisa's sociopathic antics cause a rift between the two. When Susanna's old boyfriend Tobias Jacobs (Jared Leto) comes to the hospital to visit, he unsuccessfully attempts to convince her to run away with him to Canada. Susanna and Lisa are both analyzed by a therapist, and Susanna falls into a deep depression when Lisa does not return. When Lisa finally does return, however, she and Susanna break out of Claymore and spend the night with the recently released Daisy. When Daisy commits suicide, Susanna willfully checks herself back into Claymore while Lisa is caught by the police and returned against her will. The two have a confrontation that eventually puts Susanna on the path to recovery. Directed by James Mangold, Girl, Interrupted earned Angelina Jolie an Academy Award for her performance.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Top performances keep true-life mental ward tale Girl, Interrupted soaring, despite a script that frequently drifts into genre clichés.

  • 60

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    A solid central performance by Winona Ryder and a captivating wild turn by Angelina Jolie in the yarn's flashiest role.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A small, intense period piece with a tough-love attitude toward lazy, self-indulgent little girls flirting with madness.

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Drama

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unlikely friendships, depression, period piece, paranoia, self destruction