A Cure For Wellness

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A Cure for Wellness boasts a surfeit of visual style, but it's wasted on a derivative and predictable story whose twists, turns, and frights have all been more effectively dealt before.



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An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.


Dane DeHaan
as Lockhart
Jason Isaacs
as Dr. Heinrich Volmer
Mia Goth
as Hannah
Lisa Banes
as Hollis
Ivo Nandi
as Enrico
Adrian Schiller
as Deputy Director
Johannes Krisch
as Caretaker
Judith Hoersch
as Nurse Greta
Jeff Burrell
as Funeral Director
Carl Lumbly
as Mr. Wilson
Harry Groener
as Pembroke
Magnus Krepper
as Pieter The Vet
Godehard Giese
as Prim Technician
Chris Theisinger
as Wallstreet Broker
Johnny Otto
as Doctor Barlock
Rebecca Street
as Lockhart's Mother
Tomas Norström
as Franc Hill
Craig Wroe
as Morris
Tom Flynn
as Humphrey
Alexander Yassin
as Wall Street Banker
Axel Buchholz
as Dr. Brennan
Thomas Richter
as Water Trainer
Christian Brauer
as Technician
Sebastian Kaufmane
as Reassuring Technician
Andreas Dobberkau
as Threatening Attendant
Chris Huszar
as Wedding Guest
Caspar Kaeser
as Blonde Orderly
Marko Buzin
as Wedding Guest
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All Critics (202) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (117)

  • If Verbinski had brought pace, the film might have worked, but he takes an eternity, then throws it all to the winds with a finale that's remarkable silly, even in this fanciful neck of the woods.

    Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [The] poor ending felt like a betrayal, since it wrenches A Cure for Wellness fully out of its original genre and into melodrama.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • One can only imagine that, given that there's little gore or sex, the restricted entry level is designed to protect younger viewers from the deeply upsetting feelings of frustration and irritation that emerge once it becomes clear that nothing is working.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Unanswered questions pile up, until only one remains. Could this be the stupidest third act EVER?

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie's operatic claustrophobia makes its mark. Cult status beckons.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Exquisite gothic trappings, timeless fairy tale grue, and several sips of mortality.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Cure For Wellness

  • Sep 22, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2017
    A Cure for Wellness is most certainly not going to be for everyone. It's spectacularly, deliberately, uncomfortably ugly (albeit, in a bizarrely beautiful way). It's story is flawed, it's long (two and a half hours all told), it's slow, some of its setups don't evolve into payoffs, it's not half as mysterious or clever as it might think it is, and it can't even hold to its own mythology 100%. But I loved it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2017
    Sure its often predictable and overlong but I found myself getting caught up in the pure deranged lunacy of it all. Verbinski can't tell a coherent story but his visual style always offers up something unique. Let's keep giving him millions of dollars to make movies everybody hates.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2017
    The incredible design and camera work is not enough to overcome a simplistic plot. I will compare this to Tim Burton who has demonstrated a gift for the odd but at the expense of the storyline. I liked certain parts of the film but it felt too commercial to be successful, the budget needed to be lower and the weirdness dialled up to 11. The film flopped and it's fairly obvious why a mid budget film would flop when it is this bizarre. The film needed to be in the 20 million, I can't see where the budget went and that is the problem. In an era where Blumhouse is punching out quality films below 10 million, you need to aim for a similar bar. The director had a great eye for Pirates and The Ring but he hasn't set the world on fire and I feel he needs to reinvent the wheel, no point coasting and that's how I felt for most of the movie. There was a waiting and when it was finally revealed, you just shrug and wonder why you just watched a movie past 2 hours without any redeeming twists or set pieces. This was a giant miss and while it's not terrible, it is no where near being good. 13-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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