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: October 24, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 54% 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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

All involved deserve better, particularly Poe.

Nick Hasted
The Arts Desk

This is a faithful adaptation of the obscure Edgar Allan Poe tale "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether", a story short enough to, as with the Sixties Roger Corman Poe cycle, leave its adapters ample room to extrapolate as they please.

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Brian Tallerico

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Shockingly flabby ...

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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

An interesting mélange of dark humour, creepy episodes, Sir Ben Kingsley as the doctor and Kate Beckinsale as the manic eye candy explains why Newgate stays longer than any sane man would.

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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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Boon Chan
The Straits Times (Singapore)

The best way to enjoy the film is to know as little about it as possible and let Anderson take you on a dark and Gothic thrill ride.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
It's the acting department that sells this thriller set inside a mental institution as a young doctor slowly uncovers something amiss at the old isolated… More
Jesse Ortega
A movie with more of a sense of humor than you'd expect given the plot. I think that and how the story was structured kept this from being an absolute… More
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
Stephen Skudlarek
I'm always down for a good psychological thriller, and Stonehearst Asylum doesn't disappoint. I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. Good… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Clever, well-acted, and entertainingly executed, Stonehearst Asylum is a nice under-the-radar psychological thriller piece. In it, we find a recent medical… More
Marcus Woolcott
On paper it works, sadly something got lost in translation.