Ward No. 6
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Directors Karen Shakhnazarov and Alexander Gornovsky team to adapt legendary author Anton Chekhov's haunting short story detailing a respected doctor's slow descent into madness. Far on the outskirts of Moscow, Dr. Ragin presides over a mental hospital where thoughtful discussion is in very short supply. His only intellectual stimulation comes from his rich philosophical debates with Gromov, a highly intelligent yet deeply disturbed patient at the asylum. In time, however, Gromov's madness begins to rub off on Dr. Ragin. A bold new take on a literary classic, Ward No. 6 updates the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Often unreadable subtitles cannot dim the brilliance of Karen Shakhnazarov's "Ward. No. 6," an inspired reworking of Anton Chekhov short story."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The movie's profundity shines through because it gestures at something that might counter its aura of futility and despair."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Like the best adaptations, even its inventions are good."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly
"Better in concept than execution, Ward No. 6 is a disappointing modern-day adaptation of a short story by Anton Chekhov."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Much more complex than it first appears and fully deserving of its selection as Russia's foreign language Oscar nominee this year, Ward No 6 persuasively prods at our preconceptions of 'madness'."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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