Parents' Guide to

A Cure for Wellness

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unsettling, disturbing thriller has bold, striking visuals.

Movie R 2017 146 minutes
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Based on 7 parent reviews

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Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

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Cinematically ambitious and impeccably designed, this freaky thriller is often exciting and intriguing, but viewers may find themselves wishing they could unsee certain disturbing images. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) is a showman above all, but he has ventured into the grotesque (Rango) before, as well as into more purposeful movies (The Weather Man). With A Cure for Wellness, he seems to be trying all of it at once.

The movie's bizarre scenario offers no end of striking, mesmerizing images for Verbinski to capture -- as well as a cavernous, clinical, gothic set design, and a creepy, powerful sound design. At times the movie almost sneaks close to greatness. But there's little discipline; the really horrifying stuff mixes uneasily with the beautiful stuff, and it goes too far. Still, DeHaan is as appealing as ever, and he seems game for anything. He gives the movie a rooting interest and, finally, helps it recover.

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