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Manic Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 Melamed and his cinematographer, Nick Hay.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    This clear-eyed, low-budget drama is populated by troubled teens whose stories aren’t packaged in neat little bows. Their histories are sad, their feelings raw, their futures uncertain.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Powerful film packed with profanity and brutality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has non-stop four-letter words. There are sexual references, including child molestation and rape. There is some violence, including one brief graphic scene that is very brutal. The movie has very strong minority characters and strong bonds between characters of different races.

  • Families can talk about how they handle their angry impulses and what it is that gives their lives meaning. Does it help to have someone say "I'm sorry" even if it isn't the one responsible? Does it help to be the one who says "I'm sorry?"

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Fights, including brutal attack.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Many sexual references, including rape, molestation.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language, innumerable F-words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug use, references to drinking and other substance abuse.