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as Stella Raphael
as Max Raphael
as Charlie Raphael
as Dr. Peter Cleave
as Jack Straffen
as Bridie Straffen
as Mrs. Rose
as Edgar Stark
as Brenda Raphael
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Critic Reviews for Asylum
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?
Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.
It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.
Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.
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.
Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.
Audience Reviews for Asylum
I like Richardson's tragic performance but otherwise this film is just out there as far as the script.
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.
I think she got what she deserved!
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