Asylum Reviews

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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
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.
August 19, 2005
The movie, short as it is, feels trumped-up, overblown, and ultimately silly.
August 19, 2005
The morbid interiority of McGrath's novel has been turned into distressed gloss, and while it's awfully nice to look at, it never once comes close to the dangerous emotions of the real thing.
August 18, 2005
Asylum is a semi-watchable, lurid melodrama. But it could have been a dynamic, probing psycho-drama.
August 18, 2005
I know it's all about erotic obsession, not logic. Still, it's just so darn annoying to watch this attractive, seemingly smart woman throw her life away for some (admittedly rather hot) sex in the greenhouse.
August 18, 2005
An overwrought Gothic melodrama that has a nice first act before it descends into shameless absurdity.
August 18, 2005
Mad passion and marital ennui collide with calamitous results in Asylum.
August 18, 2005
Even at its most melodramatic, Asylum plays as if someone had slipped a pair of restraining devices on the material and then yelled 'action.'
August 18, 2005
While the film looks authentic in every insignificant detail, it never seems remotely real from an emotional standpoint.
August 18, 2005
Although wonderfully acted and often compelling on a scene-to-scene basis, it can't quite distinguish itself from the large shadow of its impressively dank environment.
August 18, 2005
...a load of gothic, bodice-ripping claptrap...goes overboard indulging its romantic excesses
August 18, 2005
August 17, 2005
turgid, trite, and painfully puffed-up with its completely delusional sense of self-importance
August 17, 2005
It is not sufficient as pure storytelling to sustain interest...feels hollow at the center--lacking in any payoff, from an entertainment or from a thematic point of view.
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