Really can't comment on the portrayal of anorexia, but as so many sufferers of it have raised concerns I'm going to trust them on that.
I will say this though. A restrained character piece and sentimental TV drama are pretty much dichotomies, I think this film accidentally stumbles into both territories. Which inevitably prevents its strengths working to full effect.
So many cringeworthy moments... After '13 reasons why' and this film, I feel like Netflix is trying cash in on the taboo on teenagers and mental health issues. But instead of making it debatable and giving an insight into the disease and the people who have issues, it becomes trivial and sometimes even a joke.
Netflix films tend to be either really great or really bad. This may be the worst. As much as people have criticised its portrayals of eating disorders, I personally did not find it so bad in that respect. It is however a poorly scripted, pretentious piece of garbage that not even Keanu Reeves' presence could redeem.
Marti Noxon delivers a personal, heartwarming, and hilarious film about eating disorders. What sounds like an after school special is actually one of the most honest looks at anorexia ever put portrayed in a film. Lily Collins is the real deal - Oscar caliber performance and an insane physical transformation that echoes Christian Bale in The Machinist. What's even more remarkable is that she did it in only two weeks.
Non solo istruisce informando di cosa realmente significhi "anoressia", ma intrattiene facendo vivere il dramma di questa parola come se fosse parte di noi. Parole chiave: commuovente, istruttivo, straziante, motivante, speranza.
Lily Collins strabiliante. Non le avrei dato un soldo bucato, invece in questo film regala una performance da vera professionista. Una storia importante, nella quale certamente si saranno riviste tante ragazze (e ragazzi). Parlando della sceneggiatura, ho trovato eccessivo il dettaglio della madre lesbica. Se si fossero stati semplicemente genitori assenti ed una matrigna iperprotettiva, sarebbe stato più realistico.
If you've seen Unreal you know how silly Noxon is capable of getting, so it's with surprise I saw a film of restraint. Contained and witty, eschewing victimisation and conscious of the burden others put on self-destructive people (how I read the 'romance' anyway). Overdoes the tumblr in Great to Be Alive therapy, but also frank in its cynicism. And in one stunning tone shift in a tent Noxon displays true vision.