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Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.



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A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?

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Claire Foy
as Sawyer Valentini
Joshua Leonard
as David Strine
Aimee Mullins
as Ashley Brighterhouse
Amy Irving
as Angela Valentini
Jay Pharoah
as Nate Hoffman
Mike Mihm
as Steve
Marc Kudisch
as Bank Manager
Myra Lucretia-Taylor
as Taylor-Counselor
Lynda Mauze
as Dolores
Polly McKie
as Nurse Boles
Robert Kelly
as Steve's Partner
Natalie Gold
as Female Patient
Sol Marina Crespo
as Female Patient
Will Brill
as Male Patient
Steven Maier
as Male Patient
Matthew R. Staley
as Medical Technician
Matt Mancini
as Medical Technician
Emily Happe
as Friendly Nurse
Gibson Frazier
as Dr. Hawthorne
Erika Rolfsrud
as Medical Examiner
Elizabeth Goodman
as TruthBite Editor
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Critic Reviews for Unsane

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (180) | Rotten (45)

  • Hopefully in the right hands, this is obviously an example of how technology can be used to make something bold and imaginative.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a clever film. And for all Soderbergh's reservations about Hollywood, it's also confirmation of his mastery of its assorted genres, although he does suffer from an urge to see if he can juggle them all at the same time.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The formal playfulness may occasionally undermine Unsane's narrative tension, but it keeps the movie engaging on a visual level.

    Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Above all, he revels, with palpable joy, in his repertory of distorted, disturbing, lurid yet lucid images, making a furious movie that signifies nothing but the irrepressible vitality of the cinema itself. Soderbergh's experiment is a success.

    Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A serious movie about mental disorder and the insurance business would be ten times clammier and more disturbing than "Unsane."

    Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Knowing that some of cinema's greatest performances are in B-movies, Soderbergh turns Unsane into a vehicle for Foy's ferocious presence.

    Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Joe McGovern

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Unsane

  • Oct 21, 2018
    Average. Thought it would be better.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2018
    Although its "shot with an iPhone" premise may seem gimmicky, Soderbergh is capable of capturing intense moments, helped by Foy's mesmerising and unsettling characterization. A gripping thriller that proves, rather than budget or technicalities, storytelling is the decisive tool in filmmaking.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Jimmy Kimmel would hate this, but I kind of loved it.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2018
    Soderbergh is a filmmaker who is always interested in exploring new possibilities and technologies, and here he uses an iPhone 7 Plus camera to make a barely decent genre exercise that has too many clichés but at least manages to be fun when relying on Claire Foy being a tough bitch.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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