Stonehearst Asylum
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Kate… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stonehearst Asylum offers over-the-top fun for genre aficionados; for others, however, it's likely to prove a dull disappointment.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

It's 'Shutter Island' in the Scottish Highlands with this initially intriguing, ultimately depressing Victorian-era madhouse drama.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Shockingly flabby ...

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Alistair Harkness

Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and a host of other Brit thesps ham it up, Hammer-style, but Brad Anderson's baggy direction hampers any enjoyment.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

On the surface, Anderson seems to have all the necessary pieces for a surreal psycho pop. But the fear factor eludes him, leaving "Stonehearst Asylum" more insipid than insane.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

If you accept the grandly Gothic insanity here, there's a lot of fun to be had.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

At best it's hammy, Hammer-ish fun, although it has none of the tension of Brad Anderson's underappreciated potboiler The Call, and none of the wit of The Ninth Configuration, which remains the best screen tale of lunatics taking over an asylum.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

All involved deserve better, particularly Poe.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

"Stonehearst Asylum" starts with the hysteria knob set at 11 and goes up from there.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A weary, half-hearted adaptation of a familiar Edgar Allan Poe short story that is largely devoid of chills or suspense.

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For once, a decent cinematic telling of an Edgar Allan Poe story! This film is by no means perfect, and Ben Kingsley seems to have dialed-in his performance,… More