Stonehearst Asylum
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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 Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb's modern methods of treating the insane until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb's utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"If you accept the grandly Gothic insanity here, there's a lot of fun to be had."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Ham-fisted and forgettable, serving as a horrific reminder about how far mental health treatment has progressed."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"With one too many twists taking place before all is said and done as well as a romantic elements that simply does not sit right, the movie misses its macabre mark."
‑ Joseph J. Airdo, San Francisco Examiner
"Anderson clearly takes delight in all the proceedings, which is one of the reasons his films feel fresh instead of lazy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"All involved deserve better, particularly Poe."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""Stonehearst Asylum" starts with the hysteria knob set at 11 and goes up from there."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The film is steered into more of a formulaic psychological thriller than the sort of twisted fun that Poe's source material would suggest."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Between its distinctly modern intelligence and razor-sharp plotting, Anderson's clever contraption matches the heights of Gothic grandeur that keep Poe held in esteem today."
‑ Charles Bramesco, The Dissolve
"It may not be his worst film overall, but "Stonehearst" is Anderson's flattest film, a disappointingly shallow affair that wastes an opportunity to breathe life into a timeless Edgar Allen Poe short story."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Shockingly flabby ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Stonehearst takes off, subverting genre expectations by turning the inmates into representatives of modernity."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"If you like period pieces with psychopathic characters, excellent actors and plenty of atmospherics, then you could do worse than a trip to "Stonehearst Aslyum.""
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"While the film lacks the macabre humor of the original story, it does an excellent job of conveying the creeping horror of Victorian medicine."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Not a horror movie per se, but still containing horror elements, Stonehearst Asylum is a well-made, well-acted tale that could find an audience among viewers looking for a spooky story that doesn't deliver a pile of dead teenagers."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
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