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Cure For Wellness, A (18)

Mystery, Thriller

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.

The critical consensus

A high-altitude horror – think a Bram Stoker reworking of *The Shining* or Shutter Highland – of real craft. Ultimately, though, the plot turns out to be thinner than the air.

***(*)(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 20/02/2017

Though it embraces the ridiculous in its final throes, there's much to admire about this ambitious examination of society.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 21/02/2017

Exquisite gothic trappings, timeless fairy tale grue, and several sips of mortality.

****(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 22/02/2017

Allow yourself to be submerged, and you’ll soon find a genre-bending ride with spooks galore. Just don’t try to rationalise what you've witnessed afterward.

***(*)(*)Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 22/02/2017

A Cure For Wellness is rich and strange but ultimately very frustrating. For all of its visual ingenuity and its wealth of ideas, its plotting is turgid in the extreme.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 22/02/2017

There are shades of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King in this operatically claustrophobic horror film about a sinister alpine spa.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/02/2017

There are bags of atmosphere and style in A Cure For Wellness but not much of a story.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/02/2017

While weirdly impressive, Gore Verbinski’s sanatorium shocker runs more on atmosphere than logic.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 26/02/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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