Asylum (2005)

Directed by David Mackenzie, Asylum follows a 1950s family living in a home on the grounds of an asylum after Max (Hugh Bonneville), the patriarch, is assigned to serve as deputy director of a remote psychiatric hospital. Neither his wife,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This catastrophic adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel gets sillier and more implausible as it goes along.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Asylum had promise. But it's bad enough to make one wonder just who had the loose screws -- the characters, or the people who filmed them?

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

offers a bleak vision of the Fifties, where an outbreak of passion or an artistic impulse would be quickly subjected, like any other madness, to containment.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Patrick McGrath's screenplay, based on his novel, has moments big and small, delivered in appropriate dollops of awfulness.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The film, with its uniformly terrific cast, stern Gothic overtones and steady but measured pacing, is a crisp, old-fashioned delight, eschewing cheap tricks for repeated tiny pricks of unease that work up to a continuous gnawing dread.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It's a movie you fall for or you don't, and like Stella, I am not ashamed I did.

David Edelstein

Asylum is all very formal, detached, and, regrettably, sane.

Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Despite a superb cast, artful set design and seductive cinematography, Asylum remains a lovingly lensed missed opportunity.

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I think she got what she deserved!