Stay Reviews

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April 4, 2011
September 6, 2006
A head-scratching thriller...
October 29, 2005
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.
October 27, 2005
In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair.
Top Critic
October 26, 2005
This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy.
October 24, 2005
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.
October 21, 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.
October 21, 2005
It's all very deep, but in a tricked-up, art-directed sort of way.
October 21, 2005
Stay is crowded with layers and symbols, probably too many for one movie, and it ultimately wears out its welcome. But its images are compelling, even as its story fades away.
October 21, 2005
A pretty package that's empty on the inside.
October 21, 2005
Some people find this twisty and twisted psychological thriller arty and pretentious. I find it arty and provocative.
October 21, 2005
Sometimes artful doesn't make up for annoying.
October 21, 2005
Stay is a heartless puzzle that builds no empathy for its characters, no pathos at all, as it is giving us many cryptic clues that don't really lead to that finale. It's an intellectual exercise, not an emotional one.
October 21, 2005
Too bad that when it comes time to finally produce a rabbit from his top hat, all Forster can manage is a mouse.
October 21, 2005
There's no payoff as things drag along to a ludicrous ending that reeks of contempt for its audience.
October 21, 2005
The final twist does more to unravel what's come before than to tie it all together, making what's come before feel like a cosmopolitan goose chase.
October 21, 2005
Whether you guess the ending early or have it smack you upside the head, the result is the same: You'll be out the price of a ticket.
October 21, 2005
It's hard to imagine a film more perversely obtuse than this dark, grim exercise in cinematic sleight of hand.
October 21, 2005
The brain power you expend making sense of it is better spent elsewhere.
October 21, 2005
It all leads to nowhere involving or revelatory or particularly entertaining unless you are interested in Forster's hip, eccentric tastes.
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