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A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.



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Marc Forster's psychological thriller Stay stars Ewan McGregor as Sam Foster, a psychologist who begins to feel his grip on reality slipping away because of one of his patients. Ryan Gosling plays Henry Letham, a patient who has been offering disturbing predictions that have come true. When he claims that Henry will kill himself in three days, the psychiatrist sets off on a journey to help him. Written by David Benioff, the film co-stars Naomi Watts.

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Ewan McGregor
as Sam Foster
Ryan Gosling
as Henry Letham
Naomi Watts
as Lila Culpepper
Kate Burton
as Mrs. Letham
Bob Hoskins
as Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo
as Dr. Beth Levy
B.D. Wong
as Dr. Ren
Jessica Hecht
as Boy's Mother
Michael Gaston
as Sheriff Kennelly
Mark Margolis
as Business Man
Mary Testa
as Waitress
Gregory Mitchell
as Dance Instructor
John Tormey
as Piano Mover #1
John Dominici
as Boy/Young Henry
Sterling K. Brown
as Frederick/Devon
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Piano Mover #2
Becky Ann Baker
as Paramedic #1
Lisa Kron
as Paramedic #2
Michael Devine
as Security Guard
Jolly Abraham
as Young Woman
Angela Pietropinto
as Waitress #2
Oni Faida Lampley
as Waitress #3
Jarleth Conroy
as English Man
Noah Bean
as Student Guide
G.A. Aguilar
as Bicyclist
Vito Violante
as Officer #2
Douglas Crosby
as Psych Ward Paramedic #1
Blaise Corrigan
as Psych Ward Paramedic #2
Hank Eulau
as Noodle Man
Mam Smith
as Dancer #1
John Selya
as Dancer
Tom Titone
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Stay

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  • A head-scratching thriller...

    Sep 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Stay is interesting, but it's hard to recommend to anyone but the small cadre of David Lynch devotees who will inhale anything with a whiff of similarity to their favorite auteur's scent.

    Oct 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair.

    Oct 27, 2005 | Full Review…
  • This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy.

    Oct 26, 2005 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • There's a lot of talent at work here from the cast to the screenwriter to the director and the visuals, but it's all so arbitrary and cheap and the payoff is so, so lame.

    Oct 24, 2005
  • S lot of talent gets expended in Stay. (I'm not including whoever dressed McGregor.) Too bad the movie they made, while effective in short spurts, is almost a complete waste of time.

    Oct 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for Stay


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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Ryan plays a young student who is distraught after his parents and girlfriend are killed in a car accident. He tells his psychiastrist that he will kill himself in 3 days. Ewan locates all the people who have been in contact with Ryan in an attempt to find him and save him.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Ryan Gosling dazzles once again in this film, in a deep, mind twisting tale on the edge of sanity, that will gradually lose you if you allow it. I've seen this film several times now and have to admit, this is the first time I have watched it and got the ending!

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I really can't waste my time on this one - I'm far too depressed as it is. Put succinctly, possibly the most painfully annoying film of all time (not including 'Vanilla Sky')... Hurry UP and die already! And I've so had enough of Ewan McGregor and his phony American accent.

William Sleet
William Sleet

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