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Anesthesia (2016)



Critic Consensus: Anesthesia's incredible cast is wasted on a sloppily-assembled drama whose grand ambitions are undermined by a flawed screenplay.

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A snowy New York City night, a beloved teacher, a shocking crime: this provocative drama pieces together the puzzle of a man's life just before it changes forever. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flash back one week, as actor-director Tim Blake Nelson traces the domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault. Along the way, hidden connections between a seemingly disparate group of people-including a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking suburban housewife (Gretchen Mol), and a desperate junkie (K. Todd Freeman)-emerge, forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy. The stellar ensemble cast includes Glenn Close and Michael K. Williams.

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Tim Blake Nelson
as Adam Zarrow
Gloria Reuben
as Meredith
Yul Vázquez
as Dr. Barnes
Sam Waterston
as Walter Zarrow
Ivan Goris
as Ignacio
Rob Morgan
as Parnell
Erica Cho
as Teacher
Scott Cohen
as Dr. Laffer
Lisa Benavides
as Nelson-Dr. Pratt
Erika Rose
as Waitress
Richard Thomas
as Mr. Werth
Cliff Moylan
as Balliff
Denise Burse
as West Indian Nurse
Derrick Baskin
as Medical Examiner
John McNamara
as Detective
Marcus Callender
as Medical Assistant
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16)

The irony of Anesthesia is that, while it uses interconnectivity as a storytelling mechanism, the characters do not really connect.

January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Stewart stands out because her one big scene seems so passionate and genuine. It's the only moment when "Anesthesia" seems to be working.

January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A grand gesture going nowhere.

January 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/4

A stellar cast of serious-minded players...fight a losing battle against the characters' overwritten dialogue and unlikely behavior.

January 28, 2016 | Full Review…

A pile of incomprehensible existential gibberish by the vastly untalented actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson about the meaning of life in an age of technology, told in the tiresome style of multiple characters who intersect at odd angles ...

January 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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I want to recommend Nelson's film in spite of how misconceived it is simply because it asks interesting questions, albeit in some of the most banal ways imaginable.

January 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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