Anesthesia

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Anesthesia's incredible cast is wasted on a sloppily-assembled drama whose grand ambitions are undermined by a flawed screenplay.

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The lives of a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking housewife (Gretchen Mol) and an impoverished junkie (K. Todd Freeman) are linked to the brutal attack of a Columbia University philosophy professor (Sam Waterston).

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (33)

  • The irony of Anesthesia is that, while it uses interconnectivity as a storytelling mechanism, the characters do not really connect.

    January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Stewart stands out because her one big scene seems so passionate and genuine. It's the only moment when "Anesthesia" seems to be working.

    January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A grand gesture going nowhere.

    January 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A stellar cast of serious-minded players...fight a losing battle against the characters' overwritten dialogue and unlikely behavior.

    January 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A pile of incomprehensible existential gibberish by the vastly untalented actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson about the meaning of life in an age of technology, told in the tiresome style of multiple characters who intersect at odd angles ...

    January 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • I want to recommend Nelson's film in spite of how misconceived it is simply because it asks interesting questions, albeit in some of the most banal ways imaginable.

    January 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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