Stonehearst Asylum

2014

Stonehearst Asylum

Critics Consensus

Stonehearst Asylum offers over-the-top fun for genre aficionados; for others, however, it's likely to prove a dull disappointment.

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When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb's modern methods of treating the insane until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb's utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be. (C) Millenium Entertainment

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (14)

  • Stonehearst Asylum is a richly bonkers piece of Victoriana.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • You'll watch this supremely entertaining danse macabre with the broadest of connoisseurial smiles.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • It's 'Shutter Island' in the Scottish Highlands with this initially intriguing, ultimately depressing Victorian-era madhouse drama.

    Apr 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • the clash between the utopian Lamb and his professional nemesis the regressive Salt also represents a dialectic about differing approaches to care for the mentally ill and other marginalised figures in society...

    Mar 2, 2015
  • It may not be his worst film overall, but "Stonehearst" is Anderson's flattest film, a disappointingly shallow affair that wastes an opportunity to breathe life into a timeless Edgar Allen Poe short story.

    Oct 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • On the surface, Anderson seems to have all the necessary pieces for a surreal psycho pop. But the fear factor eludes him, leaving "Stonehearst Asylum" more insipid than insane.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stonehearst Asylum

  • Jun 02, 2016
    On paper it works, sadly something got lost in translation.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    Clever, well-acted, and entertainingly executed, Stonehearst Asylum is a nice under-the-radar psychological thriller piece. In it, we find a recent medical school grad taking up a position at a mental institution, turn of the century, only to find things are not as they seem. There are twists, turns, and horror, albeit with some raised eyebrows. That Stonehearst is even remotely compelling is due mostly to its cast, a talented ensemble team. None more exciting to watch, however, than Ben Kingsley, whose embodiment of his character steals the attention in every scene. To be sure, the twists do start to get ahead of the film, and the third act almost falls apart. Yet, the originality in the beginning, and the slow unveil make it standout, along with the strong performances. Interesting. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2015
    It's the acting department that sells this thriller set inside a mental institution as a young doctor slowly uncovers something amiss at the old isolated lunatic asylum for the rich and famous out in the middle of nowhere. (If you're gonna be anywhere with a lunatic, is there any place better than the middle of nowhere? And you can't answer if your married.) Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley ground the piece with their usual aplomb, framing the action in believability and setting up the matinee idols of Sturgess and Beckinsale for romantic fumblings in a padded cell ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2015
    I'm always down for a good psychological thriller, and Stonehearst Asylum doesn't disappoint. I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. Good story, great acting, fantastic twists. This is a Netflix gem.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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