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Stonehearst Asylum Reviews

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
December 11, 2015
Sadly, this film seeks to expand the basic story - based on an Edgar Allen Poe tale - in a ridiculous fashion that lurches awkwardly from childish fantasy to sick violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ross Hamilton
SciFiNow
June 26, 2015
Stonehearst Asylum sets itself apart thanks to its source material -- it draws heavily from an Edgar Allan Poe short story -- and its embracing of the Hammer horror aesthetic in all its schlocky glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
June 25, 2015
Tom Yatsko's beautifully flexible cinematography, together with strong set design, helps to capture the transient character of the era, adding depth and energy to Joe Gangemi's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 25, 2015
This fin-de-siècle tale reveals the nastinesses of Victorian pseudo-sciences and psychiatry, devilishly dwelling on the distinctions between safehouse and jail, cure and torment. It also unveils the era's jittery repression of women and their sexuality.
April 26, 2015
Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and a host of other Brit thesps ham it up, Hammer-style, but Brad Anderson's baggy direction hampers any enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
April 26, 2015
At best it's hammy, Hammer-ish fun, although it has none of the tension of Brad Anderson's underappreciated potboiler The Call, and none of the wit of The Ninth Configuration, which remains the best screen tale of lunatics taking over an asylum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 24, 2015
A weary, half-hearted adaptation of a familiar Edgar Allan Poe short story that is largely devoid of chills or suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 23, 2015
Anderson has a good eye for a murky mystery. With its unhurried yet purposeful pace and moody underlighting, Stonehearst also owes much to his work on Boardwalk Empire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Carty
Radio Times
April 23, 2015
The tone is uneven and the various plot twists aren't as effective as they need to be, resulting in an underwhelming experience that fails to live up to its early promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
April 23, 2015
The only way to enjoy the thing is as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
April 23, 2015
This Victorian-set horror film can't help but seem a missed opportunity. It has the ingredients for a lurid and entertaining trip to the dark side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 23, 2015
Stonehearst Asylum is a richly bonkers piece of Victoriana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 23, 2015
The stuttering, episodic pace makes you wonder if they had half a mind on a miniseries. Where the other half went is really anyone's guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
April 23, 2015
You'll watch this supremely entertaining danse macabre with the broadest of connoisseurial smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 20, 2015
This is not, we'd wager, the film its director intended. Yet it's worth watching ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 20, 2015
A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 20, 2015
It's 'Shutter Island' in the Scottish Highlands with this initially intriguing, ultimately depressing Victorian-era madhouse drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 2, 2015
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...
Eddie Harrison
The List
February 24, 2015
While its intentions were probably high-minded, the only reaction Stonehearst Asylum is likely to induce is hoots of derisive laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Newman
Screen International
February 15, 2015
Poe is not often remembered as a comic writer, but he was among the first to use black humour for satiric purposes - and this perfectly matches his tone ...
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