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.

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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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Critic Reviews for A Cure For Wellness

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (37)

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…

The movie's operatic claustrophobia makes its mark. Cult status beckons.

Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Verbinski inflates a story ready-made for a brisk Gothic shocker into a bloated, self-important mess.

Feb 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Somewhere around the middle of the film, one begins to realize it probably isn't going any place worthwhile.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Cure For Wellness


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.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A little bit too long... but still an overall pretty good movie.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

Super Reviewer

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