Neverwas (2005)





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A man seeks to unlock the mysteries of his family's tragic past in this drama. Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who has resigned a prestigious position at a major university to take a job at the Millwood Clinic, a private residential facility run by one Dr. Reed (William Hurt). Riley tells Reed he was inspired to come to Millwood by the case of a family friend who was a patient there years before, but what Riley doesn't mention is the person in question was his father, T.L. Pierson … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic issues)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joshua Michael Stern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2007
Senator Film


as Zach Riley

as Gabriel Finch

as Maggie Blake

as Dr. Peter Reed

as T.L. Pierson

as Katherine Pierson

as Martin Sands

as Eleanna

as Young Zach

as Junior Editor

as Sherrif Williams

as Young Catherine Pier...
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Critic Reviews for Neverwas

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

This is the kind of movie where a madwoman's outburst leads her to throw a mug that just happens to be filled with gold sparkles -- which can then be photographed cascading down on all the adorable loonies, in slow-motion.

Full Review… | September 20, 2005
Top Critic

At a time when most films lack subtlety, it is rare to find one as delicate, wistful and tender as 'Neverwas.'

Full Review… | June 21, 2008
Laramie Movie Scope

Writer/ director Joshua Michael Stern has crafted something more than a mess and something less than a film that hits home. Neverwas never does quite win us over.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
Apollo Guide

Never has so much talent come to so little because of a screenplay that's so adrift and aimless. Eckhart plays a psychologist with enough personal psychoses to keep himself preoccupied for a lifetime.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
Cinema Signals

Seems rather a waste to use name actors and then not have them actually do anything.

Full Review… | July 3, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Good actors are wasted, sets dominate storytelling, and it's all based on the most banal and artificial of children's tales. Avoid.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Neverwas

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, William Hurt, Ken Roberts, Bill Bellamy, Michael Moriarty, Brittany Murphy, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Nick Nolte

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Summary: After taking a job at the mental institution that once housed his father (Nick Nolte) -- a famous children's author -- erudite psychiatrist Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) befriends a schizophrenic (Ian McKellen) who unlocks a string of family secrets.

My Thoughts: "The film is a struggle of insanity and what is real. Ian McKellen is brilliant in his role. You get so caught up in his character that you start to question if his insanity is truly a reality.
There are a lot of great supporting actors in this film as well. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Brittany Murphy was in this. All the roles I see her in lately are so dark and lacking good acting from her part. But she was full of life in this film, and I liked seeing her that way.
Aaron Eckhart is a character that maybe some can relate to in the sense of him still missing and mourning his father after so many years. I thought he was great.
The story may be predictable for some, but just try not to analyze it so much. Just let yourself get swept up in the story. It's a heart warming tale that is also sad and dark at times. It's a great story that should be seen."


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I really enjoyed this movie. I got a little confused about what was happening from time to time, but I think in the end it all kind of came together for me. I really think that Ian McKellan and Aaron Eckhart are very fine actors, and definitely made this movie worth watching.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A whole lot of talented people in a film that really never goes anywhere.

jay nixon

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