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: 52% 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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Ross Hamilton
SciFiNow

Stonehearst Asylum sets itself apart thanks to its source material -- it draws heavily from an Edgar Allan Poe short story -- and its embracing of the Hammer horror aesthetic in all its schlocky glory.

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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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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Tom Yatsko's beautifully flexible cinematography, together with strong set design, helps to capture the transient character of the era, adding depth and energy to Joe Gangemi's script.

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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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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

This fin-de-siècle tale reveals the nastinesses of Victorian pseudo-sciences and psychiatry, devilishly dwelling on the distinctions between safehouse and jail, cure and torment. It also unveils the era's jittery repression of women and their sexuality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
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