Asylum Reviews

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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 16, 2005
Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.
September 16, 2005
It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.
September 15, 2005
Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.
September 9, 2005
September 4, 2005
The film wryly wonders whether the lunatics have taken over not just the asylum but the entire world as well.
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 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.
August 29, 2005
Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.
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
Richardson commands every scene she's in.
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 19, 2005
Richardson is the reason to see Asylum. A lot of what happens doesn't really make sense, yet her intensity hooks us.
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
The makers of Asylum pretend they're making an art movie, and although the film has the trappings, the story is mostly Hollywood.
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.'
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