December 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Anesthesia

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/08/16
performer
Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, Corey Stoll
director
Tim Blake Nelson
genre
Drama, Thriller
We gave it a B-

The title implies numbness, but writer-director Tim Blake Nelson seems to want viewers to feel every last thing, piling on enough characters and Big Issue plotlines—cancer, addiction, infidelity, depression, even murder—to fill a semester’s worth of screenwriting classes. The cast (which includes Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, and Corey Stoll) is strong, but the movie itself is a little exhausting, like a New York cousin to Paul Haggis’ Crash, with a smaller budget and a bigger vocabulary. B–

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