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Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor in a snowy New York City night. Elsewhere, his daughter-in-law battles cancer, a student of his has self-harm issues, a junkie is dragged to rehab by a childhood best friend and a suburban wife longs for the city. 
90 min
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La Nación (Argentina)
A film that, although is well acted, ends up being scattered, discursive, somewhat disoriented and never finishes articulating. [Full review in Spanish]
November 24, 2016
Seattle Times
Stewart stands out because her one big scene seems so passionate and genuine. It's the only moment when "Anesthesia" seems to be working.
January 29, 2016
La Jornada
Unfortunately, the script of Anesthesia supports the ballast of an excessive verbosity and the proposed subplots don't acquire a greater dramatic density. [Full review in Spanish]
March 09, 2017
A bunch of important sentences always said by characters in a serious and lavish tone, who will inexorably be submerged in their worst hardships that the script capriciously chains, in causal rather than casual way. [Full review in Spanish]
November 24, 2016
Brooklyn Magazine
Too often, it plays like a self-consciously high-minded riff on Crash.
November 30, 2016
The Film Stage
A puzzling and uneven tonal mess.
February 24, 2016
New York Observer
A pile of incomprehensible existential gibberish by the vastly untalented actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson about the meaning of life in an age of technology, told in the tiresome style of multiple characters who intersect at odd angles ...
January 21, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
The irony of Anesthesia is that, while it uses interconnectivity as a storytelling mechanism, the characters do not really connect.
January 29, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times
A grand gesture going nowhere.
January 28, 2016
Chicago Reader
A stellar cast of serious-minded players...fight a losing battle against the characters' overwritten dialogue and unlikely behavior.
January 28, 2016