Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
June 18, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Girl, Interrupted

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
127 minutes
performer
Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Vanessa Redgrave
director
James Mangold
distributor
Columbia Tri-Star
author
James Mangold

We gave it a B-

GIRL, INTERRUPTED Susanna Kaysen (Turtle Bay, $17) In fixing madness to the page, there are two inherent risks: being so imaginative as to lose the reader, or else securing the mind’s inventions so steadfastly that they become almost ordinary. Susanna Kaysen is a gifted and sure writer who commits the latter error. While the vignettes drawn from her two years in a posh psychiatric hospital are witty and often powerful, their concern with surface detail conveys little sense of Kaysen as the suicidal 18-year-old who was admitted. And what she learned about herself during her stay-or even the reasons behind the suicide attempt that got her there-is never made clear. B- -RAW

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