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  • Summary: The story of Ty Adams (Beach), a maverick psychiatrist whose non-medicinal approach for treating patients has crowned him a hero in some circles, and an egoist in others. (Artistic License Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Utilizing lots of complicated, well-choreographed steadicam shots, La Salle directs with confidence -- this may yet be his true calling.
  2. Starts encouragingly and finishes strongly with a twist, but the middle is weighed down by too much discourse when it should be visually evoking its ideas and developing its mood of unease.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    60
    As a director, La Salle manages to sustain a mood of looming menace almost throughout, and as an actor he gets the film's best joke: When his Satan fills out his hospital admission form, he gives his social security number as 666.
  4. 40
    Uneasy mélange of occult thriller and insane-asylum-as-social-microcosm parable.
  5. 30
    Starts on a note of relative naturalism and under Mr. La Salle's nuanced direction gradually becomes more and more unhinged until it concludes in an altogether different genre.
  6. Hell is sitting through a movie in which you have no respect for the protagonist and the "surprise" ending is as clearly lit as the exit sign.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    20
    An erratic, psychobabbling jumble of scenes that never builds to any discernible point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3

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