Asylum Reviews

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September 2, 2005
A sort of perverse update of an overwrought Barbara Stanwyck-Bette Davis melodrama...
September 2, 2005
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
The film's great strength is a cast of supporting players who steal scene after scene from their leading lady.
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 2, 2005
'Asylum' is a film that enthralls and entertains while at the same time raising the hairs on the back of your neck.
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 24, 2005
A gothic fairytale.
August 21, 2005
August 20, 2005
A paint-by-numbers melodrama that may have been written in someone's sleep....*yawn!*
August 20, 2005
For a story about infatuation, sex and violence, the film is almost strikingly dull.
August 20, 2005
In the end, Asylum, like its wretched lovers, suffers from its unrelieving passion.
August 20, 2005
A spellbinding portrait of sexual enslavement and manipulation.
August 20, 2005
August 19, 2005
A completely unbelievable melodrama and bodice ripper ... its fine cast just barely prevents it from being laughably ridiculous and completely unwatchable.
August 19, 2005
As Stella recedes before this deluge of objectification, Richardson digs into Stella's many moods and miscues with something like relish.
August 19, 2005
There's nothing remotely seething -- or sympathetic or provocative -- about this overstuffed movie, which bears the unmistakable signs of a film too in love with its own fetishistic production values.
August 19, 2005
A competent exercise in atmospheric bosom-heaving, if not plausible storytelling.
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