Asylum Reviews

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April 26, 2019
What could have been an interesting horror character study... is destroyed by tortuously labored dialogue and a sluggish pace.
March 26, 2007
A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space.
February 22, 2007
Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity.
May 12, 2006
September 16, 2005
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 15, 2005
There is nothing to Stella's character -- or any of these characters, for that matter -- that you can relate to.
September 15, 2005
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.
September 15, 2005
Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.
September 15, 2005
...oh, look at all the crazy people.
September 3, 2005
A troubling psychological drama about illicit passion leading to tragedy.
September 3, 2005
In Asylum, the first time Richardson and Csokas give into their longings I almost wanted to laugh, the whole scenario so insipidly silly I almost couldn't believe Mackenzie filmed it.
September 3, 2005
It's a lost cause.
September 2, 2005
The film manages to turn potentially interesting characters into caricatures and potentially heady material into soap-opera melodrama.
September 2, 2005
A sort of perverse update of an overwrought Barbara Stanwyck-Bette Davis melodrama...
September 2, 2005
... one of those terribly restrained psychological dramas that simply drips with prestige -- but too often trips over its own pretensions.
September 2, 2005
Richardson's no-holds-barred performance captures Stella's rekindled passion and despair when things go to hell. Alas, the story goes to hell with her.
September 1, 2005
The film is basically a string of repetitive ruts.
August 29, 2005
Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.
August 26, 2005
populated by manipulative and unrelatable crazy characters that plod through improbable scenarios to an inevitable nihilistic denouement
August 20, 2005
A paint-by-numbers melodrama that may have been written in someone's sleep....*yawn!*
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