Critic Consensus: This catastrophic adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel gets sillier and more implausible as it goes along.
Directed by David Mackenzie, Asylum follows a 1950s family living in a home on the grounds of an asylum after Max (Hugh Bonneville), the patriarch, is assigned to serve as deputy director of a remote psychiatric hospital. Neither his wife, Stella (Natasha Richardson), nor his young son, Charlie (Augustus Jeremiah Lewis), are particularly happy about the arrangements, though Stella finds herself slowly becoming attracted to Edgar Stark (Marton Csokas), a charismatic inmate. Despite the obvious repercussions of an extramarital affair and the sage advice of Dr. Cleave (Ian McKellen), a colleague of her husband, Stella's slow-burning attraction becomes an all out obsession; before long, Stella is barely aware that she is risking her family, her sanity, and even her very life for Edgar. Asylum is based on a novel by Patrick McGrath. … More
|Rating:||R (for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Drama, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||Sandy McLeod, David Mackenzie, Benjamin Gruchow|
|Written By:||Patrick Marber, Chrysanthy Balis, Chrys Balis, Benjamin Gruchow|
|In Theaters:||Aug 12, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 17, 2006|
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as Stella Raphael
as Max Raphael
as Charlie Raphael
as Dr. Peter Cleave
as Jack Straffen
as Bridie Straffen
as Mrs. Rose
as Edgar Stark
as Brenda Raphael
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Critic Reviews for Asylum
Asylum had promise. But it's bad enough to make one wonder just who had the loose screws -- the characters, or the people who filmed them?
Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.
It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.
Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.
The film, with its uniformly terrific cast, stern Gothic overtones and steady but measured pacing, is a crisp, old-fashioned delight, eschewing cheap tricks for repeated tiny pricks of unease that work up to a continuous gnawing dread.
Audience Reviews for Asylum
I think she got what she deserved!
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