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  • Summary: Based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar," this is a twisted comedy about a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance as he takes his final breaths. (Roxbury Films)
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  1. 50
    The resulting concoction is a cinematic elixir that disappoints, no matter how much hypnosis one is under.
  2. 40
    The actors do what they can with direction, from Gil Cates Jr., that calls for yelling, flailing and rapid-fire delivery of stale bons mots, but none of the film is as funny or clever as Cates and screenwriters Ron Marasco and Michael Goorjian (adapting Edgar Allan Poe's short story) seem to think.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Plays like a mercilessly extended version of an uninspired "Saturday Night Live" sketch.