Brain on Fire

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Brain condition ravages young reporter's life; swearing.

PG-13 2018 95 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 13+

Brain aneurysm

I love this film and what is said at the end people are diagnosed as crazy etc when they could of been cured with medication. I had a brain aneurysm and I feel now live for today coz you never know what tomorrow brings.

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age 15+

Brain on Fire-- a psychology student's review

This movie can be catered to a wide array of audiences. Brain on Fire can definitely cater to professionals, especially in the Psychology field, because it follows the rare case of a fairly new neurological disorder that is not a lot of people know about. It can also be catered to students because it follows an interesting story line of a young 21 year old who is struggling to find herself in her own body and the drama keeps the viewer entertained. Lastly, this movie can be catered to academicians, especially if they are studying Psychology, because it is extremely informational on brain disorders and Anti-NMDA-Receptor Encephalitis. Since the movie is based on a true story, most of it is not fictional and shows reliable information. The story line followed the actual life stories that the real Susannah Calahan dealt with in her life. Since she was a reporter and journalist for the New York Times, she was asked to write a memoir of her story. This definitely facilitated the writers and directors of this movie to be able to recreate her story into a film. The film is, therefore, extremely reliable since they gathered their information from the original source that lived through what the in-film actress displayed. I believe the movie is really entertaining and interesting. It keeps you wanting to see the progression of her mental health. It is interesting to see how her body is reacting to the different things that are going through her head. The main actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, does an incredible job at depicting what it would actually feel like and look like if someone was going through the same thing. She makes the viewer connect with the story and get drawn into it. I would recommend this movie because it seems like a movie that my friends, especially, would have an interest in. It is a well made movie with a good storyline and great actors. The story keeps the viewer entertained and deals with a lot of different concepts that make the viewer think. The scenes of Susannah's manic episodes are brilliant and showcase her incredible acting skills.

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