Directed by Tim Blake Nelson
Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.
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★★★½ review by James Healey on Letterboxd
Anesthesia is a very flawed but overly a very emotional film. The biggest crime an indie film can commit is to feel like an indie film, and Anesthesia is a big offender of this. A lot of times actors feel like actors but in other moments performances are powerful especially Kristen Stewart who is the obvious stand out performance. It's a shame that she has such little screen time and that SOME of her dialogue comes off as cheesy because she SHINES in this film. One could argue that this is easily her best performance. The rest of the cast is hit or miss. My favorite aside from Kristen was Sam Waterson's performance who I've never heard of until now but he is really such a likable actor on screen.
Until the the third act the different stories feel so disconnected to each other which bothered me a bit, but thankfully everything was wrapped up very nicely in the end. Even the drug addict character I hated throughout the whole film redeemed himself completely in the end which was nice. There's one story in this film that hits very close to home for me with something personal that's been going on right now in my life so to see it unfold on screen with a happy conclusion was a very emotional moment for me that made me so happy I decided to see this film. I really thank Tim Blake Nelson for making this film because it means so much to me right now.
★★★½ review by Ronit Vertelney on Letterboxd
Great movie. Powerful. Visceral. it was almost like it knew my insides. (also kristen stewart has this monologue that is basically me)
★★★★★ review by Sisdisco on Letterboxd
Yes. So much was right about this film. And I kind of love Kristen Stewart now.
★★★½ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd
A movie in the vein of "Playing by Heart" (the one with Jon Stewart and Angelina Jolie), "The Safety of Objects" (which also featured both Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close) and Paul Haggis' "Crash" and "Third Person". I know, I know you are probably all sick of that type of movie. I kind of am too but this one, while flawed, wasn't too bad.
It's also the 2nd movie in a matter of days that I've seen that was about a college philosophy professor so make of that what you will.
Some of the stories fare better than others (the ones with Corey Stoll and Sting's [the singer, not the wrestler] daughter and the one with Gretchen Mol are probably the weakest) but overall, this wasn't terrible.
And also it has Hannah Marks in it. Who doesn't love Hannah Marks? She's the American Rosie Day lol.
★★★★★ review by Patrick Delmore on Letterboxd
Like most Tim Blake Nelson films Anesthesia looks from the outside like a typical indie movie with a stellar cast plugged into tiny roles. It's a little bit better than that. Anything by Nelson is worth seeing. This one has Sam Waterson. You've seen movies like this before. Little character pieces that link together to form a larger narrative. You won't hate any of the characters, but you may fall in love a little. A week after it's over you'll forget it though. After all, you've seen this before.
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