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A man struggling to save the life of another finds himself drawn into a strange netherworld he didn't know existed in this stylish thriller. Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) is a psychiatrist living in New York City with his girlfriend, Lila Culpepper (Naomi Watts), who was once one of his patients. However, it's another one of his patients who becomes the focus of his obsessions when Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), a disturbed young man whom Foster took over from a colleague, announces during a session that he intends to commit suicide in three days, on his 21st birthday. Sam takes the threat… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"Stay is interesting, but it's hard to recommend to anyone but the small cadre of David Lynch devotees who will inhale anything with a whiff of similarity to their favorite auteur's scent."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"There's a lot of talent at work here from the cast to the screenwriter to the director and the visuals, but it's all so arbitrary and cheap and the payoff is so, so lame."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It is both straightforward and abstract, using cinematic tricks to put the audience in Sam/Henry's headspace. The result is a bit a sense of intentional vertigo that may cloud the films ultimately humanist point."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The effect is something indescribably cinematic, as the inner mechanics of the mind's eye are vividly translated onto the big screen. Beautiful, haunting and ultimately transcendent..."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A head-scratching thriller..."
‑ Matthew Leyland,
"In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair."
‑ Rachel Aviv, Village Voice
"S lot of talent gets expended in Stay. (I'm not including whoever dressed McGregor.) Too bad the movie they made, while effective in short spurts, is almost a complete waste of time."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"A sappy melodrama touted in a supernatural angle..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Stay wants to be good, creepy fun, but by the middle of the film, I was so uninterested in the plot I became obsessed with McGregor's pants"
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"So often, I have seen films like this that try to walk the fine line between creativity and confusion. Director Marc Forster manages to walk that line with precision."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's all very deep, but in a tricked-up, art-directed sort of way."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling all lower their box office merit with this unbaked psychological thriller about a suicidal man (Gosling) taunting his eccentric psychologist (McGregor) after surviving a horrible car accident."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Ultimately the film delivers such a weak payoff that it makes nearly everything that came before it seem rather pointless."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The technical virtues of the film may outstrip the content, but it's an entertaining film, nonetheless. You might want to stay around for this one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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