Brain on Fire
From the Daily Dot
Netflix's Brain on Fire is a flailing mess disguised as a film adaptation of Susannah Cahalan's 2012 memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. In this botched reframing, Cahalan goes from an ace cub reporter with the full confidence of her editor (Tyler Perry) to having bouts of paranoia, delusion, and violent eruptions, to full catatonia, in a matter of weeks – roughly 30 minutes of screen time. The film's medical process is wholly unrealistic, and the story lacks the emotional heft to keep things interesting. Despite its best efforts, Barrett's Brain on Fire is a 90-minute shrug.