Critical Condition: My Mad Fat Diary

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☆☆☆☆ “Set between 1996 and ]98, My Mad Fat Diary tells the story of Rae (Sharon Rooney) and her attempts to assimilate back into normal life after spending a summer in psychiatric care following a suicide attempt … What could have been just another cookie-cutter teen drama, My Mad Fat Diary excels by discarding the familiar apparatus and showing us that life is about accepting the unusual. Yes it’s mad and larger than life, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye.” — The Guardian.

☆☆☆☆Engrossing, affecting but never saccharine, this drama follows troubled 16-year-old Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney) as she tries to deal with her mental health and body image problems while growing up in ’90s Britain.  We meet the 106kg Rae at the end of a four-month stint in a psychiatric hospital as she cautiously tries to reconnect with her popular friend, Gemma (Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer), and get along with her own wayward mother (Claire Rushbrook). The struggle is real, the indie rock groovy and Ian Hart fun as Rae’s therapist.” — Sydney Morning Herald.

☆☆☆☆ “The first word of My Mad Fat Diary is an obscenity, uttered by an adult who turns out to be the lead character’s new psychiatrist. A decade ago, that might have offered a jolt, but in these post-Skins times, it felt a bit meh. Which goes for the rest of the programme, too.” — The Independent.

☆☆☆☆ “For three emotional, hilarious seasons, My Mad Fat Diary took British viewers inside the unfiltered mind of teenager Rae Earl. This extremely candid, depressed, and horny teen feels everything, and lets viewers know about it. The critically acclaimed show, which came to an end in 2015 with a fantastic three-part finale, is only 16 episodes in total.” — New York.

☆☆☆ “After a pretty flawless debut year, the slightly longer second and rather short third seasons have a few more melodramatic turns than even Rae’s life warrants. But most of My Mad Fat Diary is as real as real gets, from the actors who look as if they could be kids off the street and the period-appropriate ’90s soundtrack to the two blonde toothpick bangs making an upside-down V from the middle of a mean girl’s forehead.” — MTV.

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