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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 50
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    Mostly meets expectations. show more

  • 40
    Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Richardson and Mr. Csokas are sunk mainly by the script (it's the handiwork of "Closer" playwright Patrick Marber and Chrysanthy Balis) and by their complete lack of chemistry. Still, their performances do them no credit. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Alternately tedious, cliched and unintentionally funny. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Asylum is as dark as Dracula's mood on a moonless night, and people suffering from depression should think twice before opening the coffin. This thing would put off Mary Poppins. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A psychological thriller without bothering much with psychology. Come to think of it, the thrills are pretty much missing, as well. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Patrick McGrath's novel provides a solid and suspenseful story, even if it loses much of its bite in Mackenzie's hands. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    Natasha Richardson glides through the film version of Patrick McGrath's novel Asylum in various states of fear, desire and undress, a swan among Yorkshire frumps. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A classy unintentional hoot. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's an overwrought Gothic melodrama that has a nice first act before it descends into shameless absurdity. show more

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