Stay (2005)

Marc Forster's psychological thriller Stay stars Ewan McGregor as Sam Foster, a psychologist who begins to feel his grip on reality slipping away because of one of his patients. Ryan Gosling plays Henry Letham, a patient who has been… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.

James Berardinelli

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Rachel Aviv
Village Voice

In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sappy melodrama touted in a supernatural angle...

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's all very deep, but in a tricked-up, art-directed sort of way.

Cole Smithey

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.

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William Sleet
I really can't waste my time on this one - I'm far too depressed as it is. Put succinctly, possibly the most painfully annoying film of all time (not… More
Candy Rose
Ryan plays a young student who is distraught after his parents and girlfriend are killed in a car accident. He tells his psychiastrist that he will kill himself… More
Conner Rainwater
This is actually a lot better and more deep than it gets credit for. Some truly great performances from Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and especially Ryan Gosling.… More
Lady D'arbanville
Ryan Gosling dazzles once again in this film, in a deep, mind twisting tale on the edge of sanity, that will gradually lose you if you allow it. I've… More
Edward Boxler
Stay is a film that almost requires at least two viewings. The first will take you on a ride where you will have no idea what's going on until the last… More