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A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Asylum had promise. But it's bad enough to make one wonder just who had the loose screws -- the characters, or the people who filmed them?"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"offers a bleak vision of the Fifties, where an outbreak of passion or an artistic impulse would be quickly subjected, like any other madness, to containment."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"There is nothing to Stella's character -- or any of these characters, for that matter -- that you can relate to."
‑ Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...oh, look at all the crazy people."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The film, with its uniformly terrific cast, stern Gothic overtones and steady but measured pacing, is a crisp, old-fashioned delight, eschewing cheap tricks for repeated tiny pricks of unease that work up to a continuous gnawing dread."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"So obsessed with rendering Patrick McGrath's exquisitely twisted Gothic novel as a refined affair that it forgets less ambitious pursuits, like sussing out a way to keep us awake."
‑ Ian Grey, Orlando Weekly
"Marton Csokas ... comes across as a hybrid of Russell Crowe and Clive Owen in full-on brooding mode and has a genuine chemistry with Richardson that goes some way to explaining why she stays with him as a long as she does."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Based on Pat McCabe's moody novel, Asylum has an over-the-top feverishness that suits its premise."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film wryly wonders whether the lunatics have taken over not just the asylum but the entire world as well."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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