August 28, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

Final Analysis

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
124 minutes
performer
Kim Basinger, Richard Gere, Phil Joanou, Uma Thurman, Keith David, Eric Roberts
director
Phil Joanou
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Mystery and Thriller

FINAL ANALYSIS Richard Gere, Kim Basinger (1992, Warner, $94.99, R) This insanely ridiculous psychological thriller stars Richard Gere as a lonely psychiatrist who goes mad for the beautiful sister (Kim Basinger) of one of his patients (Uma Thurman). When his beloved’s mobster husband (Eric Roberts) turns up dead, the lovesick doctor doesn’t stop to analyze the situation. He rushes to her defense—and finds himself drawn into her web of intrigue.

Shot in deep golden tones—even the courtroom is softly lit—this dark, brooding movie appears mostly muddy on video. Endless close-ups of Gere’s Romanesque profile and Basinger’s big lips make you claustrophobic, and the stilted, often whispered dialogue heightens frustration rather than suspense. Inconsistencies abound, particularly in the climactic scene where the weather changes from bright and sunny to dark and rainy with no explanation. In the end, Final Analysis is one head trip not worth taking. F

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