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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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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.
[The] poor ending felt like a betrayal, since it wrenches A Cure for Wellness fully out of its original genre and into melodrama.
The movie's operatic claustrophobia makes its mark. Cult status beckons.
Verbinski inflates a story ready-made for a brisk Gothic shocker into a bloated, self-important mess.
Somewhere around the middle of the film, one begins to realize it probably isn't going any place worthwhile.
At 90 minutes it could have been an eerie, tricky, well-crafted thriller. At two hours its wheels start to fall off. And then it continues to limp along for another 30 minutes, after which you wonder what the point of it all was in the first place.
Verbinski's return to horror is a complete mess. With its impressive first half, A Cure for Wellness promises a lot, though in time it proves to be placebo with a ludicrous ending leaving no room for remedy.
For a film that makes its enigmas so paramount, it's strange to see [A Cure For Wellness] treat its audience so disdainfully.
Verbinski is not subtle with these themes, particularly the comparison of the hellish spa to the ruthless corporate world Lockhart craves to ascend in, but in his lead actor, he really manages to sell this and produce a smarter film for it.
A movie with a mismatch of threads and motifs, but one that manages to hold them all together and create a satisfyingly creepy, and original, modern horror movie.
Pairs David Cronenberg to Shutter Island, adding a dash of Looney Toons to cherry-top this fantastical madcap chamber piece
An enthralling, visionary, gloriously-realized work of gothic horror
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.
The visuals are stunning, but the movie is too long and messy in terms of ideas or whatever it wants to say, to the point that it doesn't make any sense and seems more like an amalgam of a lot of things that worked infinitely better in other movies (like Shutter Island).
A little bit too long... but still an overall pretty good movie.
The trailer for A Cure For Wellness had me hyped- it looked incredibly mysterious and visually ambitious. This is essentially what we get in the finished product. It looks absolutely incredible, and it's an extremely unsettling film, but the story just doesn't come full circle enough to back up the uneasiness it pushes on you. I was impressed by Dane DeHaan in Chronicle and The Place Beyond the Pines, and his performance is up to par here as well. Unfortunately, this is one of the few redeeming qualities of this film. It could have been a decent movie under the following conditions: A. it was 45 minutes shorter and B. if the ending had been revised or even replaced entirely. Director Gore Verbinski (director of Pirates of the Caribbean, one of my favorite trilogies) had a vision, but it's blurry; hidden under too many plastic surgery procedures. If you didn't understand that pun, that means you didn't see the movie, which is a good thing.
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