Asylum Reviews

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April 26, 2019
What could have been an interesting horror character study... is destroyed by tortuously labored dialogue and a sluggish pace.
July 2, 2007
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.
March 26, 2007
A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space.
February 22, 2007
Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity.
May 12, 2006
September 16, 2005
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
Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.
September 16, 2005
It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.
September 15, 2005
There is nothing to Stella's character -- or any of these characters, for that matter -- that you can relate to.
September 15, 2005
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.
September 15, 2005
Based on Pat McCabe's moody novel, Asylum has an over-the-top feverishness that suits its premise.
September 15, 2005
Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.
September 15, 2005
...oh, look at all the crazy people.
September 10, 2005
Marton Csokas ... comes across as a hybrid of Russell Crowe and Clive Owen in full-on brooding mode and has a genuine chemistry with Richardson that goes some way to explaining why she stays with him as a long as she does.
September 9, 2005
September 4, 2005
The film wryly wonders whether the lunatics have taken over not just the asylum but the entire world as well.
September 3, 2005
A troubling psychological drama about illicit passion leading to tragedy.
September 3, 2005
It's a lost cause.
September 3, 2005
In Asylum, the first time Richardson and Csokas give into their longings I almost wanted to laugh, the whole scenario so insipidly silly I almost couldn't believe Mackenzie filmed it.
September 2, 2005
The film manages to turn potentially interesting characters into caricatures and potentially heady material into soap-opera melodrama.
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