The Mountain

Critics Consensus

The Mountain finds its provocative director further honing his craft -- but formal flair and an engrossing Jeff Goldblum performance may not be enough to sway the unconverted.

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1950s America. Since his mother's confinement to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes, employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocating for his increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure.As the tour progresses and Andy witnesses the doctor's career and life unravel, he begins to identify with the institutions' patients. Arriving at a California mountain town, a growing center of the New Age movement, they encounter an unconventional French healer who requests a lobotomy for his own daughter, Susan.

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Jeff Goldblum
as Dr. Wallace Fiennes
Udo Kier
as Frederick

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (21)

  • One can easily watch the film the way Andy takes part in Wallace's odyssey-but you'll probably be disappointed if you expect the various ideas to add up to more than the sum of their parts.

    October 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a chill about "The Mountain" that's conveyed in visual terms. And then it all, slowly and then completely, falls apart.

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] strikingly glum midcentury drama.

    July 27, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • This is the kind of movie that gives art-house movies a bad name.

    July 26, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Mountain, with its long stretches of quiet, bleak subject matter, and Alverson's staunch refusal to let us in, or fill in the blanks, creates a genuinely unnerving mood.

    July 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Mountain" is, after all, a look back at a time when individuality was a curse with a scientifically harsh solution. It's only appropriate that it unfold with its own distinctive aura of exquisite sterility.

    July 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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