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Asylum (2005)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 56

Critics Consensus: This catastrophic adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel gets sillier and more implausible as it goes along.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: This catastrophic adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel gets sillier and more implausible as it goes along.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 11,351


Movie Info

A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

R (for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language)
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Patrick Marber
In Theaters:
Jan 17, 2006
Box Office:
Paramount Classics - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Asylum

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (56) | DVD (4)

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?

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.

September 16, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.

September 16, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.

Full Review… | August 29, 2005
Top Critic

offers a bleak vision of the Fifties, where an outbreak of passion or an artistic impulse would be quickly subjected, like any other madness, to containment.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Eye for Film

A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Long Island Press

Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

There is nothing to Stella's character -- or any of these characters, for that matter -- that you can relate to.

September 15, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

So obsessed with rendering Patrick McGrath's exquisitely twisted Gothic novel as a refined affair that it forgets less ambitious pursuits, like sussing out a way to keep us awake.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Orlando Weekly

Based on Pat McCabe's moody novel, Asylum has an over-the-top feverishness that suits its premise.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
St. Paul Pioneer Press

...oh, look at all the crazy people.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Marton Csokas ... comes across as a hybrid of Russell Crowe and Clive Owen in full-on brooding mode and has a genuine chemistry with Richardson that goes some way to explaining why she stays with him as a long as she does.

Full Review… | September 10, 2005

The film wryly wonders whether the lunatics have taken over not just the asylum but the entire world as well.

Full Review… | September 4, 2005
Austin Chronicle

A troubling psychological drama about illicit passion leading to tragedy.

Full Review… | September 3, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a lost cause.

Full Review… | September 3, 2005
San Diego Metropolitan

The film manages to turn potentially interesting characters into caricatures and potentially heady material into soap-opera melodrama.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A sort of perverse update of an overwrought Barbara Stanwyck-Bette Davis melodrama...

September 2, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film's great strength is a cast of supporting players who steal scene after scene from their leading lady.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Kansas City Star

... one of those terribly restrained psychological dramas that simply drips with prestige -- but too often trips over its own pretensions.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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