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.
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.
A very authentic-seeming depiction of Anorexia within a less convincing John Green-esque YA romance. If this is aimed at teens, the latter element is a good idea, but then is it a good idea to show this to teens?
The ending part was so bizzar that it felt like director was so hyped about Twin Peaks coming out this year, that he added some of it into this film. Other than that it's just another film that do not portray eating disorders right.