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Stonehearst Asylum

Horror . Thriller . Drama . Mystery

A Harvard Medical School graduate takes a position at a mental institution and soon becomes obsessed with a female mental patient, but he has no idea of a recent and horrifying staffing change. The Call director Brad Anderson returns to the helm for this psychological thriller loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, and centered on the experiences of a Harvard Medical School graduate (Jim Sturgess) who becomes obsessed with a mental patient named Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) while working at a mental asylum that's been taken over by the inmates.

Actors: Guillaume Delaunay , Sophie Kennedy Clark , Sinéad Cusack , Jason Flemyng , David Thewlis , Brendan Gleeson , Michael Caine , Ben Kingsley , Jim Sturgess , Kate Beckinsale
Directors: Brad Anderson
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-24
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  • Kim Newman

    A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour.

    Empire Full Review
  • Charles Bramesco

    Between its distinctly modern intelligence and razor-sharp plotting, Anderson’s clever contraption matches the heights of Gothic grandeur that keep Poe held in esteem today.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Rob Staeger

    With Stonehearst Asylum, director Brad Anderson doles out a vintage Halloween treat — a straightforward Poe adaptation of the sort that Vincent Price used to star in — and gives it a freshness and complexity that make it a delight.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The presence of Kingsley — as well as all the ornate cabinetry and shadowy atmosphere — might suggest "Shutter Island," but the real referent appears to be Tod Browning’s "Freaks," with its complicated mixture of fear and sympathy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, directed with style and imagination by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), filmed in the creepy darkness of Bulgaria (you hardly get this kind of movie anymore), and starring an illustrious cast solid and dedicated enough to craft to make you believe they’re in a depraved version of Hamlet staged in Elsinore Castle, this is a movie that is several cuts above your usual straitjacket thriller. Enter at your own risk.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    This is not, we’d wager, the film its director intended. Yet it’s worth watching, if only to see Caine and Kingsley together for the first time in 25 years.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Stonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson’s adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, is undeniably preposterous. But if you accept the grandly Gothic insanity here, there’s a lot of fun to be had.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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. Full Review
  • Mary Houlihan

    Despite its cast and convincing backdrop, Stonehearst Asylum is a tame entry in today’s roster of horror films.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Like Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," Stonehearst Asylum starts with the hysteria knob set at 11 and goes up from there.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    In the wake of the ostentatious atmospherics summoned by the likes of Shutter Island and American Horror Story: Asylum, the film feels unnecessarily restrained.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    This shockingly flabby effort from Mr. Anderson — who, in features like “The Machinist” (2004) and “Session 9” (2001), showed a much surer hand with oppressive atmospheres and troubled psyches — feels as nutty as its characters.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Clarence Tsui

    Brad Anderson has basically thrown everything into the film's furnace so as to keep its wobbly narrative running — to no avail, sadly: as the leaps between genre tropes and divergent threads exposes ever wider plot holes, this incoherent adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe attempts endless twists and turns culminating in a supposedly cathartic denouement drenched in sap.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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