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Stay (2005)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 90

A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 31

A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.



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A man struggling to save the life of another finds himself drawn into a strange netherworld he didn't know existed in this stylish thriller. Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) is a psychiatrist living in New York City with his girlfriend, Lila Culpepper (Naomi Watts), who was once one of his patients. However, it's another one of his patients who becomes the focus of his obsessions when Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), a disturbed young man whom Foster took over from a colleague, announces during a session

Mar 28, 2006


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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (90) | DVD (19)

Stay is interesting, but it's hard to recommend to anyone but the small cadre of David Lynch devotees who will inhale anything with a whiff of similarity to their favorite auteur's scent.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy.

October 26, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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There's a lot of talent at work here from the cast to the screenwriter to the director and the visuals, but it's all so arbitrary and cheap and the payoff is so, so lame.

October 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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S lot of talent gets expended in Stay. (I'm not including whoever dressed McGregor.) Too bad the movie they made, while effective in short spurts, is almost a complete waste of time.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source:
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It's all very deep, but in a tricked-up, art-directed sort of way.

October 21, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It is both straightforward and abstract, using cinematic tricks to put the audience in Sam/Henry's headspace. The result is a bit a sense of intentional vertigo that may cloud the films ultimately humanist point.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

A sappy melodrama touted in a supernatural angle...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling all lower their box office merit with this unbaked psychological thriller about a suicidal man (Gosling) taunting his eccentric psychologist (McGregor) after surviving a horrible car accident.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

The effect is something indescribably cinematic, as the inner mechanics of the mind's eye are vividly translated onto the big screen. Beautiful, haunting and ultimately transcendent...

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Stay wants to be good, creepy fun, but by the middle of the film, I was so uninterested in the plot I became obsessed with McGregor's pants

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

Ultimately the film delivers such a weak payoff that it makes nearly everything that came before it seem rather pointless.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

A head-scratching thriller...

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

So often, I have seen films like this that try to walk the fine line between creativity and confusion. Director Marc Forster manages to walk that line with precision.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

The technical virtues of the film may outstrip the content, but it's an entertaining film, nonetheless. You might want to stay around for this one.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Pretty to look at, tough to follow, and, ultimately, difficult to swallow, Stay certainly isn't a bad film ... but it sure as heck isn't one you'll be raving about anytime soon.

March 21, 2006 Full Review Source:

A disaster from beginning to end. If you're going to Stay anywhere, Stay at home.

March 2, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Revela-se apenas mais uma variação de uma premissa utilizada por vários outros filmes.

December 29, 2005 | Comments (2)
Cinema em Cena

...there is nothing interesting about the payoff; it seems like little more than a convenient excuse for a director to have fun, throwing a bunch of wild stuff up on the screen.

November 23, 2005

A psychological thriller in a category by itself.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Foster's payoff is so chintzy it would make even Freud run away.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

OK, all you folks who loved the bizarre "Mulholland Drive" as much as I did. You're in for another mind-boggling, brain-teasing treat.

November 2, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Whether the lack of story clarity is a weakness or a virtue is an individual response, but the filmmakers do not hesitate in playing up the cinematic flourishes.

October 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[R]edeems itself so tremendously in the end that the final five minutes more than make up for any doubts you might have had along the way...

October 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Forster should be commended for attempting something as daunting as the overreaching Stay.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The intent is to rivet the viewer's attention, but the movie is so relentless in imposing its deliberately dazzling technique that audiences are liable to be annoyed instead.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Stay

October 6, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Suggest that Life is an illusion and you can pretty much get away with anything. Anything learnt here is serendipitous but many would say that is the art of physiotherapy, read between the lines my friends but for all the puzzling 'what the hell is going on' moments, there are plenty of pretty bits of filming, good acting and interesting twists and turns. It also feels like Marc Forster's love letter to 50's noir thrillers, albeit an updated version but still lots of green. I'm somewhere between liking it and thinking it was a load of old baloney but it does look good.
January 28, 2013

Super Reviewer

Ryan plays a young student who is distraught after his parents and girlfriend are killed in a car accident. He tells his psychiastrist that he will kill himself in 3 days. Ewan locates all the people who have been in contact with Ryan in an attempt to find him and save him.
August 13, 2012
T Tsang

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Ryan Gosling dazzles once again in this film, in a deep, mind twisting tale on the edge of sanity, that will gradually lose you if you allow it.

I've seen this film several times now and have to admit, this is the first time I have watched it and got the ending!
December 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Sam Foster: Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art because it documents human failure.
    – Submitted by Miles C (21 months ago)
    1. Sam Foster: If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.
    – Submitted by Dipta C (2 years ago)
    1. Henry Letham: An elegant suicide is the ultimate work of art.
    – Submitted by Dipta C (2 years ago)
    1. Lila Culpepper: There's too much beauty to quit.
    – Submitted by Dipta C (2 years ago)
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