Asylum 2005

Asylum

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

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An administrator's bored wife (Natasha Richardson) begins a torrid affair with an institutionalized artist (Marton Csokas) who beat his wife to death.

Cast & Crew

Ian McKellen
Peter Cleave
Judy Parfitt
Brenda Raphael
Gus Lewis
Charlie Raphael
Wanda Ventham
Mrs. Straffen
Patrick McGrath
Writer (Novel)
Michael Barlow
Executive Producer
John Buchanan
Executive Producer
Chris Curling
Executive Producer
Harmon Kaslow
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Craig Armstrong
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Critic Reviews for Asylum

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (58)

  • 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?

    September 16, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.

    September 16, 2005 | Rating: B-

    Tom Long

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

    September 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.

    September 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.

    August 29, 2005

    David Edelstein

    Slate
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