Stay Reviews

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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.
October 21, 2005
Stay is a cheap trick. Avoid it.
October 21, 2005
Stay is all dressed up with no place to go, an eye-popping exercise in lavish style unattached to any discernible content.
October 21, 2005
Another exercise in alienated chic, Stay plays like an impenetrable collage. The movie's chilly moods and eerie suggestions don't amount to much, and all the weirdness leads to a pip-squeak of a payoff.
October 21, 2005
When the movie is over, and we know all that is to be known, it deserves some thought.
October 21, 2005
It's worse than bad. It's mediocre.
October 20, 2005
The movie demands that its viewers put the fragmented images and information together like an intellectual jigsaw puzzle, but it never gives those viewers a good reason to do so.
October 20, 2005
Ultimately empty.
October 20, 2005
Rod Serling would have wrapped this mysterioso story about a psychiatrist and a suicidal patient dislocated by time, space and a lot of crazily raked angles into a tight half-hour episode.
October 20, 2005
The visual effects, especially those used to enhance the metaphysical elements, are impressive, but the story lacks that certain something.
October 20, 2005
A great big blurry mess.
October 20, 2005
Most will likely sniff this one out for what it is, a would-be mystery thriller with pretensions to being something more that actually delivers a good deal less.
October 20, 2005
After an hour or so, despite the heroic efforts of cast and crew, torpor and impatience slither between the movie's trapdoors.
October 20, 2005
Stay, it won't.
October 20, 2005
Though visual prodigies abound, the nightmare never gets real enough.
October 20, 2005
It's a puzzle that tells you not to blatantly trust what you see. It just asks you to trust the wonders of the imagination -- from whatever direction it comes.
October 19, 2005
Maybe he's also Sam. Or an aspect of Sam. Or else Sam is an aspect of Henry. Maybe Henry is an aspect of Lila. Maybe what we think is reality is all an illusion. Maybe illusion is actually reality. Maybe we're all jacked into the Matrix.
October 17, 2005
Forster presents to us the despair of the world as a soulless, Euro-trashy video installation.
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