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Asylum (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
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R (for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language)
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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$295,287.00
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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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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (27)

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
Orlando Sentinel
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Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.

September 16, 2005
Detroit News
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It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.

September 16, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film, with its uniformly terrific cast, stern Gothic overtones and steady but measured pacing, is a crisp, old-fashioned delight, eschewing cheap tricks for repeated tiny pricks of unease that work up to a continuous gnawing dread.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Miami Herald
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Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.

August 29, 2005
Slate
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Audience Reviews for Asylum

I like Richardson's tragic performance but otherwise this film is just out there as far as the script.

bill secor
bill secor

Between a 5/10 and 6/10, so obsessed with rendering Patrick McGrath's exquisitely twisted Gothic novel as a refined affair that it forgets less ambitious pursuits, like sussing out a way to keep us awake.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

I think she got what she deserved!

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