The plot did not know if it wanted to be a gross out horror movie, a compelling character study about greed, or a mysterious detective thriller and ended up being a little bit of all of them, but a whole lot of none of them.
http://bcheights.com/2017/02/07/cure-we ... narrative/
with just a little refinement and polish, A Cure for Wellness could have been a horror classic. Instead, it suffers from trying to do too much and teasing out mysteries that become distractions.
Have you ever fallen asleep watching one movie, then woken up during another in the heat of a violent and ludicrous climax? Imagine wedging those two movies together, however crudely, and that’s how A Cure For Wellness resolves.
If you like a screenplay that’s focused and makes sense throughout and not just in the finale when spa’s director tells all, this may be a questionable investment. Remember that villains have the best lines and ooze the kind of toxic poison that makes audiences want to tear them apart. Jason Isaacs evokes the very emotion.
http://www.shockya.com/news/2017/02/06/ ... ie-review/
I urge you, the audience, to engage in this beautifully dark trip into the sinister corners of cinema, and take A Cure For Wellness as it's directed: in a comfortable theater, with eyes open and popcorn in hand, ready to be impressed by the first true horror film in years.
http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/1621 ... r-wellness
There are flashes of greatness here and credit is due for its desire to be distinguishable from the pack but tonally, it’s too messy, maniacally veering from elegant restraint to unhinged hokum and the absurd running time doesn’t befit what’s ultimately a rather hollow campside tale.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/f ... orror-film
The movie deprives us of either a tragic villain or a sympathetic lead, hoping that its grab bag of squirm-inducing details — dental drills, stillborn livestock, flesh-eating eels — will suffice, when in fact, they reveal how a shorter, tighter treatment ought to have done the trick.
http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/a- ... 201976099/
The film's reach may exceed its grasp, but it's a fervent fever dream, a great adventure in style and pretension that seeks to thrill and unsettle, and I loved it.
http://screenanarchy.com/2017/02/review ... nture.html
His decadent framing is gorgeous, and his actors are all uniformly solid, with Isaacs especially shining as he slowly kills Lockhart with kindness, one pulled tooth at a time.
http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/a-cu ... ess-review
DeHaan will need to pick his hoped-for big-budget crossover projects with more care, while Isaacs has played sinister much more effectively in some earlier efforts (as in the Harry Potter films).
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review ... iew-971733
Spending his remaining Hollywood capital like it’s about to be replaced by a new form of currency, Verbinski turns the film into a visceral and gruesome playground of the macabre, combining Tim Burton’s exaggeratedly dank aesthetic with young Tim Burton’s ability to cut a competent scene together. If the secrets lurking beneath the Volmer Institute are far too predictable, the sights you’ll see down there are still wickedly surprising.
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/a-cure ... 201778388/
Jason Isaacs, who has been playing villains for decades, slips into the role of the spa's shadowy director and wisely never goes for camp.
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.s ... tical.html
Mr. Isaacs is the kind of silken, charismatic villain that you can’t wait to see again.
To sum it up. A lot of them complained that it was too long, and that the lead character wasn't really sympathetic, so it was hard to care for him. They also said that the movie is a bit over loaded, and that it can't really tie it all together in a good way at the end. Some of them thought the ending got a bit ridiculous. Most of them was happy about Jason's portrayal and that he plays sinister very well (although some mentioned that he has had better sinister roles before). A lot of them mentioned the setting and that he cinematography and scenery was very good (and creepy). That's all I can remember, right now. the reviews sort of melt together after having read them all.