Asylum

2005

Asylum

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This catastrophic adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel gets sillier and more implausible as it goes along.

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Directed by David Mackenzie, Asylum follows a 1950s family living in a home on the grounds of an asylum after Max (Hugh Bonneville), the patriarch, is assigned to serve as deputy director of a remote psychiatric hospital. Neither his wife, Stella (Natasha Richardson), nor his young son, Charlie (Augustus Jeremiah Lewis), are particularly happy about the arrangements, though Stella finds herself slowly becoming attracted to Edgar Stark (Marton Csokas), a charismatic inmate. Despite the obvious repercussions of an extramarital affair and the sage advice of Dr. Cleave (Ian McKellen), a colleague of her husband, Stella's slow-burning attraction becomes an all out obsession; before long, Stella is barely aware that she is risking her family, her sanity, and even her very life for Edgar. Asylum is based on a novel by Patrick McGrath.

Cast

Natasha Richardson
as Stella Raphael
Hugh Bonneville
as Max Raphael
Gus Lewis
as Charlie Raphael
Ian McKellen
as Dr. Peter Cleave
Joss Ackland
as Jack Straffen
Wanda Ventham
as Bridie Straffen
Sarah Thurstan
as Mrs. Rose
Marton Csokas
as Edgar Stark
Judy Parfitt
as Brenda Raphael
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Critic Reviews for Asylum

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  • What could have been an interesting horror character study... is destroyed by tortuously labored dialogue and a sluggish pace.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • offers a bleak vision of the Fifties, where an outbreak of passion or an artistic impulse would be quickly subjected, like any other madness, to containment.

    July 2, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space.

    March 26, 2007
  • Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity.

    February 22, 2007 | Full Review…
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    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5

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