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December 14, 2019
[A]bounds with twists and turns set against a richly textured and lush, stylized Victorian-era visual palette.
May 10, 2019
A twisty-turny labyrinth of ideas that always knows the way out (even if we don't), and ensures there is a whole lot of fun in getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 26, 2015
Stonehearst Asylum sets itself apart thanks to its source material -- it draws heavily from an Edgar Allan Poe short story -- and its embracing of the Hammer horror aesthetic in all its schlocky glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 25, 2015
Tom Yatsko's beautifully flexible cinematography, together with strong set design, helps to capture the transient character of the era, adding depth and energy to Joe Gangemi's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2015
This fin-de-siècle tale reveals the nastinesses of Victorian pseudo-sciences and psychiatry, devilishly dwelling on the distinctions between safehouse and jail, cure and torment. It also unveils the era's jittery repression of women and their sexuality.
April 23, 2015
Anderson has a good eye for a murky mystery. With its unhurried yet purposeful pace and moody underlighting, Stonehearst also owes much to his work on Boardwalk Empire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2015
Stonehearst Asylum is a richly bonkers piece of Victoriana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2015
You'll watch this supremely entertaining danse macabre with the broadest of connoisseurial smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2015
This is not, we'd wager, the film its director intended. Yet it's worth watching ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 20, 2015
A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 2, 2015
the clash between the utopian Lamb and his professional nemesis the regressive Salt also represents a dialectic about differing approaches to care for the mentally ill and other marginalised figures in society...
February 15, 2015
Poe is not often remembered as a comic writer, but he was among the first to use black humour for satiric purposes - and this perfectly matches his tone ...
February 5, 2015
Does a fine job of balancing dark humor, creepy vibes, and outright melodrama -- and what a cool cast, right?
October 25, 2014
If you like period pieces with psychopathic characters, excellent actors and plenty of atmospherics, then you could do worse than a trip to "Stonehearst Aslyum."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2014
While the film lacks the macabre humor of the original story, it does an excellent job of conveying the creeping horror of Victorian medicine.
October 24, 2014
Anderson clearly takes delight in all the proceedings, which is one of the reasons his films feel fresh instead of lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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